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November 28, 2007

Churchill in Fiction: A Review of Never Surrender by Michael Dobbs 0

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Yet another book about World War II may seem like a yawner. Because, seriously, what hasn’t been written about the subject already? With the history side of things well-documented, most new books delve into personal accounts of the war years. In Never Surrender, British author Michael Dobbs does just that, but with a twist. The […]

November 19, 2007

Going Solo: A Review of In The Hot Zone by Kevin Sites 1

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There are about 30 ongoing conflicts in the world. Contrary to conventional wisdom and blissful ignorance, the big wars since World War II have not been limited to Vietnam, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, or the current wars endearingly known as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – i.e., the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. […]

November 16, 2007

Time in a Bottle: A Review of Gregoire Bouillier’s The Mystery Guest 3

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In a genre dominated by by-the-numbers sagas of suffering and redemption, Gregoire Bouillier’s is a refreshingly odd voice. The bulk of his memoir, The Mystery Guest takes place in the space of a single day – a day in which not much happens. And yet, with its restless intelligence, The Mystery Guest manages to encompass […]

October 22, 2007

The ‘P’ is Free: A Review of Jesse Ball’s Samedi the Deafness 4

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As a term of approbation, “precious” has lost its currency. These days, the p-word puts us in mind less of rare gems than of independent films about quirky white people. But as A.O. Scott’s recent review of The Darjeeling Limited reminds us, we needn’t choose between precious and precious. In the movies of Wes Anderson, […]

October 21, 2007

The Worst Case Scenario: Pastoralia by George Saunders 2

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To read one of George Saunders’ stories is to gain a glimpse into an antic, often frightening, just-slightly-shifted alternative world. To read a George Saunders collection is to discover the human sorrow his stories plumb. Reading Pastoralia was something of a revelation for me because, though I’ve read many of Saunders’ stories before, I had […]

October 15, 2007

Message from a Dead Man: A Review of Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke 2

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The intrusion of the university into the life of the writer “is unquestionably the chief sociological fact of modern American literature,” Keith Gessen wrote in last year’s N+1 symposium on American literature. Though Gessen’s rhetoric may have been strategically hyperbolic, the facts bore him out. For better or for worse, the M.F.A. workshop has changed […]

October 2, 2007

Fighting Terrorism Is Easy, Don’t You Know?: Thinking Like A Terrorist by Mike German 0

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This guest contribution comes from Timothy R. Homan, a journalist based in Washington, D.C. Counterterrorism officials in the United States, and elsewhere, have failed to utilize two easily accessible tools in the war against terrorism, according a former FBI undercover agent who uses his personal experiences to support his recommendations in Thinking Like a Terrorist […]

September 27, 2007

A Bygone Era: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow 6

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I’ve read and enjoyed many of E.L. Doctorow’s short stories, typically in the New Yorker, but I’d never had the occasion to read Ragtime, Doctorow’s most famous work, one that has been made into a film and Broadway musical. I don’t know that I’m well read enough to insist that Doctorow invented this sort of […]

September 13, 2007

Squib Review: Twenty Grand And Other Tales of Love And Money by Rebecca Curtis 2

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A few months ago I read a story called “The Near-Son” in n+1. It engrossed me completely, right through to the punch-in-the-gut Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”-esque ending. The plotting, the pacing, and the narrator’s bizarre and fascinating affect (was she retarded – somehow not right in the head – or just distressingly honest?) were unlike […]

September 12, 2007

How I learned to Love the Bomb: A Review of William Langewiesche’s The Atomic Bazaar 0

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Gone are the days of mutually assured destruction, when – at the push of a red button – one of the nuclear giants could initiate a worldwide fallout, inevitably bringing about the widely feared doomsday. It is different now: the rogues are in the game. The bomb scare is not what it used to be. […]