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  • Astral Weeks: Fangs of New York

    Astral Weeks: Fangs of New York
    " Vampires have quite the pop culture cachet," says the excellently named Cubby Freeze in Charlie Huston's blood-soaked "My Dead Body" (Del Rey: 302 pp., $14 paper), itself the last in a series of books that can be shoehorned -- along with the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels (the basis of HBO's "True Blood"), "Twilight" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- into Exhibit A in the case of the Entire Rest of the World vs. Things Having to Do With Vampires. Cubby's remark verges on cute, but as someone says later on, "Why shouldn't the signifieds define the signifiers?"
  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen

    BOOK REVIEW: 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen
    Jonathan Franzen begins his fourth novel, "Freedom," with an extended set piece introducing Walter and Patty Berglund, urban homesteaders who, back in the 1980s, moved to the crumbling core of St. Paul, Minn., and became "the young pioneers of Ramsey...

    Catching up with the National Book Awards

    Have you read all the National Book Award-winning novels above? If, like me, you haven't -- and it might take some time to get through them all -- the National Book Foundation has been posting helpful mini-reviews and essays on...

    37 literary resolutions for 2011. What's yours?

    26 literary resolutions for 2011 from writers and readers. What's yours?