A new breed of spy novel questions the very conventions of the spy novel.
George Pelecanos, a writer and producer fro HBO’s The Wire, hones his craft in his 13th crime novel.
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir Nick Flynn | Norton | It’s a conundrum: what is a child’s responsibility to a parent when that parent has long since abandoned him? In his new memoir Nick Flynn takes his sweet time getting to the heart of this question, rifling through his past to make […]
AMAZONIA: FIVE YEARS AT THE EPICENTER OF THE DOT.COM JUGGERNAUT James Marcus New Press James Marcus’s amusing memoir tells how it was to be in the right place (Seattle) at the right time (the 90s). Personally interviewed by Jeff Bezos, Marcus was the 55th hire at then ramshackle Amazon.com. Tired of starving as a freelance […]
AGAINST LOVE: A POLEMIC Laura Kipnis Pantheon The title of the latest from cultural critic Laura Kipnis’s seems tactically misleading. Romantic love makes a juicy target for a would-be enfant terrible–the apparent ambition of a writer who opens her book with a “Reader’s Advisory” that warns us to “Please fasten your seatbelts: we are about […]
Despite promising starts and a scattering of stars, “midwest noir” remains an unappreciated genre.
A year ago, trying to break from a fog of drugs, I returned to the Florida college town where I’d first loosed my moorings. I found a job at the university, became a minor minder of the physical plant. On my first payday, after punching out I left with Izzy, my new friend from work. […]