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  • Writer-director Noah Baumbach on youth, old age and hats

    Writer-director Noah Baumbach on youth, old age and hats
    It's not a movie about hats, but writer-director Noah Baumbach's latest comedy, "While We're Young," occasionally becomes one anyway. The sight of compact, hunchy Ben Stiller and hipster beanpole Adam Driver in the same frame, wearing retro-hip fedoras, says a lot without saying anything.
  • Jonathan Franzen 'miserably conflicted about climate change'

    Jonathan Franzen 'miserably conflicted about climate change'
    Is the environmental movement's emphasis on climate change bad for birds? Novelist and avian enthusiast Jonathan Franzen thinks that might be the case. In an essay in this week's issue of The New Yorker, Franzen writes that he's come "to feel...

    The Biblioracle: Who is the Great American Novelist?

    The Biblioracle: Who is the Great American Novelist?
    When Jonathan Franzen's next novel, "Purity," is released in September, you're going to read a lot of debate about whether Franzen is the Great American Novelist. He's a contender for sure, but is he the "greatest"? Just because Time magazine put...

    Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If I had to nominate one novel from the last 50 years for preservation, it would be “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.  It’s probably the wrong choice — a book without the vast synoptic intelligence of “Infinite Jest”...

    Literature and the moral question

    Over the weekend, the National Catholic Reporter reported on a literary award to be administered by America Magazine, in conjunction with Yale University’s St. Thomas More Chapel: the George V. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and...