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  • 'The Hilltop' views everyday absurdism in occupied territories

    'The Hilltop' views everyday absurdism in occupied territories
    Assaf Gavron's 2010 novel "Almost Dead" does something I would have thought impossible — it makes satire out of terrorism. The story of a man who becomes an Israeli national hero after surviving three attacks in a single week, the book offers a sharply ironic look at the intersection of image and reality.
  • Review: 'Pro' by Katha Pollitt

    Review: 'Pro' by Katha Pollitt
    I had an abortion. It was my second year of college, 1988. I was not raped, nor was I a reckless slut; I just got pregnant, as young women in the world do, and my boyfriend and I were young and in no position to be parents. Luckily, I had a friend who...

    The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book

    The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book
    One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won't resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let's savor John Lahr's "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," a work that is scintillating on the...

    Reading Ferguson: books on race, police, protest and U.S. history

    Reading Ferguson: books on race, police, protest and U.S. history
    Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Mo., a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts. Both incidents unfolded on...

    1,000 European authors sign open letter to Amazon over e-books

    Like 900 of their American counterparts, 1,000 authors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have signed an open letter to Amazon arguing for fair treatment of all publishers' e-books. The European authors are concerned over actions Amazon has taken against...