| Apr 24, 2011
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Selected Essays and Reviews
Graywolf: 422 pp., $18 paper
"Almost as soon as I began writing for magazines and newspapers," Geoff Dyer tells us in the introduction to "Otherwise Known as the Human...
| May 8, 2011
A Memoir of Susan Sontag
Atlas & Co.: 140 pp., $20
When novelist Sigrid Nunez accepted a part-time job helping Susan Sontag cope with correspondence that had built up during her first bout with cancer, she thought that she'...
| May 6, 2011
| 12:34 PM
When novelist Sigrid Nunez accepted a part-time job helping Susan Sontag cope with correspondence that had built up during her first bout with cancer, she thought that she'd found exactly the job she needed: one that would not interfere with her own...
| Jan 23, 2011
| 8:36 PM
“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...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 9:55 AM
WSHU Presents “Join the Conversation” with the writer, blogger and cultural critic. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., University Commons, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, sacredheart.edu
It takes talent to pivot, the way James...
| Nov 4, 2009
Claude Levi-Strauss, the French philosopher widely considered the father of modern anthropology because of his then-revolutionary conclusion that so-called primitive societies did not differ greatly intellectually from modern ones, died Friday at his home...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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