The Man Who Saw a Ghost
Open Shelves, Secret Agreements
New Work / News
Just Another Birthday Party with the Folks
Prisoner & Eunuch
Her eyes have seen it all
Belle and Sebastian
Bonzo Dog Band
George Roy Hill
hunter s. thompson
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jorge Luis Borges
Leopold and Loeb
Prisoner & Eunuch
My piece on Town Bloody Hall (1979), the Pennebaker-Hegedus documentary about a 1970 Women's Liberation panel starring Germaine Greer and...
When Nabokov came to Gettysburg
I’m a longtime Nabokov nut, and am going through one of my recurrent Vladimanias. In the last month I’ve read, by the man himself,...
Slaughterhouse-Five, which turns 50 this year, is one of those books that in my reading life has undergone a real evolution, by which I...
Wolves in the night
Arthur Koestler died this day in 1983, age 77. His great novel Darkness at Noon (1941), concerning the party purges and show trials of...
Kate Chopin was born today in 1850. The Awakening (1899), a novel, is her essential work, and "The Story of an Hour" (1894) among the...
Rabbit hole redux
Hawthorne's The Celestial Railroad, comprising stories published between 1832 and 1851, is recommended for the well-known items, which...
Red and black
Red-Color News Soldier is a book of text and photographs by Li Zhensheng, who between 1966 and 1980, throughout Mao's Cultural...
Forward into the past
Yesterday at a used bookstore in New York, I got a Sixties paperback of Letters from the Earth, a collection of Mark Twain pieces that he...
For the curious
Thinking three things about Robinson Crusoe today: 1. I had a children's version of this from Scholastic Book Club, a severe condensation...
Yesterday I realized a minor ambition of a few years' standing and read Harriet the Spy. I discovered I love this book and I love this...