| Oct 16, 2011
The Art of Fielding
Little, Brown: 528 pp., $25.99
In terms of conjuring a shorthand for a certain American innocence, there are few delivery systems quite so direct as baseball. Touched on by a library's worth of authors...
| Jun 5, 2011
To Be Sung Underwater
Little, Brown: 436 pp., $24.99
You can often tell where a musician has trained or with whom a painter has learned technique. In the case of the European masters, art historians looking at a particular work...
| Jul 3, 2011
For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises"...
| Aug 12, 2011
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Will Ferrell moderates his typical screen persona quite well to play a man whose life has collapsed around him on just about every possible count. While fighting inner demons, he's fired, his wife leaves him, and he's banished from his home - leaving...
| Sep 17, 2009
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In Books this weekend, David L. Ulin looks at the new 1,020-page Library of America Raymond Carver book, "Collected Stories." The uneasy creative relationship between Carver, who died in 1988, and his longtime editor Gordon Lish came to light in......
| Dec 8, 2008
Though a youthful alcoholic or junkie can be seduced by the prospect of dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse, the middle-aged addict faces a different scenario. Any romance associated with his plight has flaked off beneath the grinding wheel of...
| Jan 11, 2009
Bloomsbury: 264 pp., $15 paper
It's difficult to talk about Jon Raymond's first story collection, "Livability," without mentioning that two of its nine short stories have already been made into films. This is probably...
| Jan 11, 2009
Falling in love with a writer requires commitment; the long haul, thick and thin. They get old, you get old. The relationship waxes and wanes. Most readers can recall times of perfect synchronicity -- when the book was the necessary enzyme, the catalyst,...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was first published back in 1988 and immediately tagged a "brat pack" novel, causing its author, the then preposterously young Michael Chabon (he was still only in his early 20s) to be spoken of in the same breath as Bret...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador)
"Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
| Apr 27, 2008
By Richard Rayner
Off the southwest coast of Finland are more than 80,000 small islands left by the retreating ice 10,000 years ago. Some of the islands are mere rocks, washed by the cool waters of the Baltic, but many are covered in pine and fir trees...