| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Mar 28, 2010
After J.D. Salinger died in January, speculation began anew about the possibility that his New Hampshire study might be packed with 45 years' worth of unpublished writings, the fruit of his extraordinary reticence. The question of whether such work should...
| Mar 28, 2010
William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (NYRB Classics: 288 pp., $16) tells the rise-and-fall story of Stan Carlisle, a hustling carnival wanna-be who transforms himself into the Great Stanton, a big-time stage magician, and then into a fake...
| Aug 13, 2008
Nabokov's last work to be printed
Vladimir Nabokov's son says he will publish the Russian author's last manuscript despite the writer's dying request that it be burned.
Dimitri Nabokov says in an interview with the German edition of Vanity Fair that his...
| May 19, 2009
Publicist for Broadway, Hollywood
Lee Solters, 89, a longtime publicist who worked with some of the biggest names of Broadway and Hollywood, died Monday of natural causes at his home in West Hollywood, according to Jerry Digney, his...
| Apr 19, 2009
If you're a Philip K. Dick fan, and even if you're not, the best way to start reading Christopher Miller's second novel, "The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank" (Harper Perennial: 522 pp., $14.99 paper), might be to open the...
| Aug 31, 2008
The majority of current crime fiction adheres to a well-worn template, even if writers don't admit as such. A murder turns carefully crafted order into chaos, and the process of investigation not only unearths how deep those layers of chaos are but also...
| May 3, 2008
By Darin Strauss
The daunting thing, of course, is the word itself. You hear "genius," you picture Wile E. Coyote, tinkering alone in the sierras, cobbling together the rocket-powered cycle on which he will catch only trouble.
| Jul 26, 2008
The fiction of Joyce Carol Oates draws much of its dark power from American crime.
From her prodigiously anthologized 1966 short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (based on serial killer Charles Schmid) to her 2000 novel "Blonde" (about...
| Sep 26, 2009
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Anne Hathaway was being honored for her philanthropy at the Variety Power of Women luncheon last week. But we had to ask her about shooting "Alice in Wonderland," her Red Queen costume, etc. Turns out she was a big fan......
| Nov 13, 2009
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After being locked up in a Swiss vault for decades, Vladimir Nabokov's final work, "The Original of Laura," has been published by his son, Dmitri. Although Nabokov left instructions with his wife that his last novel-in-progress -- written on 138......