Both Flesh and Not: by David Foster Wallace
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Both Flesh and Not: by David Foster Wallace

Let’s get the slight disappointment out of the way first. Readers hoping for the third…

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A Million Heavens: by John Brandon
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A Million Heavens: by John Brandon

John Brandon’s first novel Arkansas contained a chapter called “Boredom is Beautiful,” a phrase that…

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Lionel Asbo: State of England: by Martin Amis
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Lionel Asbo: State of England: by Martin Amis

The pleasures of a Martin Amis novel cannot often be described as simple, and if…

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Magic Hours: by Tom Bissell
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Magic Hours: by Tom Bissell

Journalism, criticism and personal essay-writing are each noble pursuits; do all three at once and…

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The Orphan Master’s Son: by Adam Johnson
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The Orphan Master’s Son: by Adam Johnson

From a historical perspective, the tragedy of despotism is not only the oppression faced by…

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Re-Make/Re-Model: Cape Fear (1962) vs. Cape Fear (1991)
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Re-Make/Re-Model: Cape Fear (1962) vs. Cape Fear (1991)

A comparison of Martin Scorsese's 1991 Cape Fear, starring Robert DeNiro and Nick Nolte, with…

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Hot Pink: by Adam Levin
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Hot Pink: by Adam Levin

Adam Levin’s The Instructions should have been a bigger deal. Sure, it received a fair…

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Stay Awake: by Dan Chaon
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Stay Awake: by Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon would be a great poet of loneliness, if his writing weren’t so frustratingly…

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The Vanishers: by Heidi Julavits
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The Vanishers: by Heidi Julavits

Give Heidi Julavits credit for swagger. In The Vanishers, she walks right up to the…

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Film Dunce: Good Will Hunting
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Film Dunce: Good Will Hunting

Film Dunce is a weekly series in which one of our writers finally succumbs to…

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