Six Novels of Clues to the Soul of Mother Russia By TIMOTHY L. O’BRIEN Published: August 5, 2007 A reading of Martin Cruz Smith’s Renko novels set in Russia offers an incisive encapsulation of Soviet and post-Soviet travails over the last few decades. Dig Up the Garrote and the Moscow Rule Book: Guess Who’s Back […]
Author of Clockers, Color of Money & Sea of Love in Interview. A Kaleidoscopic Perspective on a Murder, and Dreams Lost and Found By MICHIKO KAKUTANI Published: March 4, 2008 In his latest novel, “Lush Life,” Richard Price puts his myriad gifts together to create his most powerful and galvanic work yet.
As the Tides Turned: Hollywood in 1967 Through the Lens of Five Films By JANET MASLIN Published: February 11, 2008 With its huge cast, wealth of information and impressive gravitas, “Pictures at a Revolution” is a particularly accomplished debut book by Mark Harris.
Who’s Your Daddy? By MICHIKO KAKUTANI Published: February 1, 2008 Jacob Weisberg contends that George W. Bush’s relationship with his father “lies at the very core of the second Bush presidency and its spectacular, avoidable flame-out.”
If You Can’t Win the Case, Buy an Election and Get Your Own Judge By JANET MASLIN Published: January 28, 2008 “The Appeal” is John Grisham’s handy primer on a timely subject: how to rig an election.
Darkness in the Land of Steady Sunshine By JANET MASLIN Published: January 21, 2008 Stephen King’s use of horror is not what it used to be. It may still be the impetus for his stories, but it is no longer the foremost reason they’re interesting.
Doesn’t Scare Easily Reviews by TERRENCE RAFFERTY Published: January 27, 2008 Joe Hill has clearly given a fair amount of hard thought to the problematics of horror. Also: reviews of new horror from Laird Barron, Clive Barker and John Shirley.
Their House to Yours, via the Trash By SUSAN DOMINUS Published: January 18, 2008 A group of book-scavenging homeless men are regulars at the Strand, helping the city’s best-known used-book store keep its shelves stocked.
Borges and the Foreseeable Future By NOAM COHEN Published: January 6, 2008 A growing number of contemporary commentators have concluded that Jorge Luis Borges uniquely, bizarrely, prefigured the World Wide Web.
Woody Talks Review by DAVID KAMP Published: November 18, 2007 Eric Lax’s new book of interviews with Woody Allen, along with recent collections of Allen’s fiction and prose, helps burnish the director’s legacy.