Canada: by Richard Ford
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Canada: by Richard Ford

Richard Ford’s first novel in six years reveals its two most significant events within its opening lines. “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about…

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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 I do so here, please be assured I am not damning with faint…

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Where the Heart Beats: by Kay Larson
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Where the Heart Beats: by Kay Larson

For the uninitiated, the first listen of 4’33″, arguably the most well known of John Cage’s compositions, can be a baffling, maddening, calming and, at a minimum, thought…

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HHhH: A Novel: by Laurent Binet
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HHhH: A Novel: by Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet’s historical novel HHhH engages in the sort of haphazard postmodernism that has by now become a gimmick and a dead giveaway for authorial laziness. Binet uses…

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Pulphead: Essays: by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Pulphead: Essays: by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Pulphead, a collection of essays from John Jeremiah Sullivan, takes the reader along the dusty roads of Americana, taking on diverse topics ranging from a Christian rock festival…

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In Broad Daylight: by Gabriele Pedulla
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In Broad Daylight: by Gabriele Pedulla

My recent viewing of the new Batman movie kicked off with a pre-film plea from Regal Theaters, a snappy little ad reminding us of the sanctity of the…

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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 you risk messy ostentation – or worse. But the best pieces in journalist/critic/essayist…

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Marshmallow Madness!: by Shauna Sever
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Marshmallow Madness!: by Shauna Sever

Ever since Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbs conversed outside New York’s Magnolia Bakery on “Sex and the City,” dessert culture has been swept up into a vortex of…

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This Is How: by Augusten Burroughs
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This Is How: by Augusten Burroughs

For most readers, Augusten Burroughs will forever be remembered as the memoirist that wrote Running With Scissors, the hilarious and devastating account of his childhood that was later…

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Intern Nation: by Ross Perlin
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Intern Nation: by Ross Perlin

Our understanding of youth and the nature of work have been fundamentally skewed. In a time of deep economic stagnation, young people are criticized for living off of…

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