| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Oct 4, 2009
Farber on Film
The Complete Film Writings
of Manny Farber
Edited by Robert Polito
Library of America: 824 pp., $40
At this year's Academy Awards, the most incongruous moment came during the "In Memoriam" roll call. Among the distinguished deceased...
| Oct 2, 2009
Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse. That's the stuff of myth, but Ramparts pulled it off.
Published for just 13 years, the San Francisco magazine not only blew the cover off the biggest stories of its era, it also helped set the...
| Mar 18, 2009
Death's shadow frequently sends literary reputation into critical eclipse.
Not so the Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett, who has seemed to rise further in our esteem with every year that has passed since his death in 1989 at the age of 83. Of the great...
| Nov 14, 2010
I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections
Alfred A. Knopf: 142 pp., $22.95
It's good to be Nora Ephron.
When you're Nora Ephron, you can get Meryl Streep, who once played a fictionalized version of you, to star as Julia Child in your...
| Feb 14, 2010
Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 304 pp., $15
Elif Batuman teaches at Stanford University, and her first book of essays, "The Possessed," dances between autobiography,...
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“Curious Silence” at the Brand Library Art Gallery is an exploration of types and causes of silence. The premise of the exhibition is an essay, printed in the exhibition brochure, written by A.S. Hamrah, a contributing artist who delineates...
| Sep 16, 2009
With the official release of the Beatles' remastered catalog now fully accomplished, Pop & Hiss asks the musical question: What would go on your Beatles mix tape? Continuing my bids for the best track on each of the Fabs' freshly......
| Oct 1, 2009
Juan Rulfo was -- Susan Sontag notes in her introduction to his novel ???Pedro P??ramo??? -- a man of many silences. The great Mexican writer and seminal influence on Latin American literature in the second half of the 20th century......
| Oct 14, 2009
Pomona College in Claremont has received a $7.5-million donation to help build a new residence hall with high levels of energy efficiency and the use of solar power, officials have announced. The gift for the "green" building comes from Rick......
| Nov 3, 2009
In "Read Me," Dwight Garner compiles a century of print ads for books, funny and formal, subtle and sensational. Garner is a longtime book critic at the New York Times, where he also has blogged at Paper Cuts. For his......