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  • In 'White Beech,' Germaine Greer finds a forest with a view

    In 'White Beech,' Germaine Greer finds a forest with a view
    In her 1999 book "The Whole Woman," a follow-up to "The Female Eunuch," Germaine Greer declared, "It's time to get angry again." She was addressing feminism, about which she has long been rigorous and even unorthodox, but the phrase is emblematic of her entire worldview. For Greer, complacency is our most pressing problem, not just in the sense of doing nothing but also in terms of doing the wrong thing.
  • 'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician

    'Song of the Shank' gives poetic voice to a unique American musician
    "Song of the Shank," Jeffery Renard Allen's epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book's odd and sometimes confounding protagonist, based on a real man who is most often...

    Bob Stanley's 'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' is crazy in love with pop music

    In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyoncé went crazy in love. That's two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same thing. But think of all that...

    'The Hundred-Year House' a juicy, gothic tale of art and love

    'The Hundred-Year House' a juicy, gothic tale of art and love
    "The Hundred Year House" is a big-hearted gothic novel, an intergenerational mystery, a story of heartbreak and a romance, all crammed into one grand Midwestern estate. Laurelfield, as it's called, has gone from family home to artist colony and back...

    Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder

    Edouard Levé's 'Works' is charged with wit and wonder
    When I was in the Navy, I heard a story about a prankster who'd chalked a profane message on the lawn of the commanding officer's residence. Knowing the huge white letters would inspire the C.O. to immediately wash away the offensive language, the...