Innocents and Others, Spiotta's new novel delivers in the most personal, least high tech way, comprising notes, lists, screenplay cuts, and reveries. She writes one of the most tender, but most explicit love scenes I've ever read. Along the way there are explorations of the meaning -- and pain -- of devotion to our art or passions, the importance of our senses, how we account for ourselves, our impulses to keep secrets and to confess them.
An attack on free expression has come from one of the most unlikely places.
Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.
Welcome to my first end-of-year roundup. I have read a lot of good contemporary literature this year -- more than usual, because I've been doing some official reviewing -- though I don't claim to have an exhaustive sample.
As 2013 draws to a close, we give you our second-annual look at the scuffles, controversies, and feisty debates that have
5. Mary McCarthy vs. Lillian Hellman: In Norman Mailer’s review of Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full, Mailer wrote in the New York
Handsomely praised for the way it presents a motorcycle-driving, art-world-loving young heroine nicknamed Reno, Rachel Kushner's Flamethrowers was inspired in part by a movement that is mentioned in the text only once: in passing, on a tombstone, in Italian.
Nearly 40 years have passed since Robert Redford wooed Mia Farrow in the cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s epic
First published in Publishers Weekly This week, Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen join forces, loneliness in the digital age
In contemporary Maine, a teenage boy's racially-charged prank prompts his New York attorney uncles to converge on the town of their youth in Elizabeth Strout's latest, The Burgess Boys, but it's the sister who never left who understands alienation best.