Variety and the Hollywood Reporter reviewed the theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore. Hello Giggles interviewed Jessica Hopper about her book The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. Howler Magazine reassessed Bill...
Claudia Rakine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, which won the Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was included in our own list of “Nine Books for the Post-Ferguson Era,” has been adapted for the stage, and previews are beginning in Los Angeles. Graywolf, the independent press behind Citizen, The Empathy Exams and On Immunity: An […]
Official Author WebsiteOrder Trigger Warning HERERead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Graveyard BookRead Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Ocean At The End Of LaneRead The New Yorker Profile on Neil GaimanOVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: "The...Show More Summary
Through deeply personal stories and reflections, Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book "Between the World and Me" provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people. The book's primary shortcoming is that it fails to offer any real vision or policy solutions. Show More Summary
This week, Vulture is looking back on the best entertainment from 2015. In today's edition of (So Far), music critic Lindsay Zoladz reflects on ten albums she's kept in heavy rotation. Also see our TV, books, and movies lists, then clear your weekend to catch up on whatever you missed. It's been... More »
Critical Summer Reading: "The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net" You might be thinking: But isn't everyone already using wireless? Hasn't everyone dropped their 'landlines'? Of course almost everyone reading this has a cell phone. Show More Summary
If it weren’t for the circumstances surrounding Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the novel’s deep flaws might pass by unnoticed. It began life as a private manuscript that, after much editing, became 1960’s critically acclaimed and universally...Show More Summary
Now up at the Constant Critic: Ray McDaniel reviews William Fuller’s newest book, Playtime (Flood Editions 2015). McDaniel is a “good” reader, if there is such a thing: “[S]ometimes I read poems as if they were records of actual proceedings, events provoked by circumstances other than those the poet occasioned simply for the sake of […]
Poetry critic Helen Vendler has been taken down a peg or two with this piece in The Spectator. Daniel Swift looks at Vendler’s newest book of collected essays, The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar, writing that “they apparently have not been edited for republication, so the tone varies considerably,” and that an understanding he […]
Official Author WebsiteOrder The Instruments Of Control HERERead Fantasy Book Critic's review of Winter's ReachAUTHOR INFORMATION: Craig Schaefer was born in Chicago and wanted to be a writer since a very young age. His writing was inspired by Elmore Leonard, Richard Stark, Clive Barker & H. Show More Summary
Novelist EL Doctorow has died in a Manhattan hospital from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. He was the recipient of many distinguished literary prizes, among them the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards,...Show More Summary
E.L. Doctorow, who died Tuesday night in New York, proved that Henry James was wrong: Historical novels are not necessarily condemned to “fatal cheapness.” Doctorow’s “Ragtime,” which won the 1975 National Book Critics Circle Award, enlivened American fiction by showing just what a new kind of historical fiction could do. Thirty years later, he won the NBCC award again […]
A tireless experimenter, Doctorow was most famous for the novels Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. Known as “Edgar” to those close to him, Doctorow’s awards included the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.
“E.L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Billy Bathgate’ and ‘The March’ — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional...
The author of spectacular novels (my favorite is Book of Daniel, which crosses a fictionalized life of Abbie Hoffman with a fictionalized account of the Rosenbergs) and outstanding critical essays (I still can't get The Creators out of my mind) was 84 (no relation). Read the rest
Last Tuesday, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates dropped his second book, Between the World and Me, to nigh-unanimous critical acclaim. It deserves it, because it’s an indescribably enlightening, enraging, important document about being black in America today. Coates is perhaps the best we have, and this book is perhaps the best he’s ever been. Read more...
A small coalition of parents in Florida are trying to ban two children’s books set in Afghanistan and Iraq from the curriculum, following similar pushes to have the books removed at other schools in the US. Critics have said that the books – Nasreen’s Secret School and The Librarian of Basra – are...
The media has a history of refusing to acknowledge Israel's sharpest critics. Max Blumenthal is a spot-on, tenacious journalist. He has a bevy of enthusiastic supporters, and a host of virulent pro-Israel "no matter what" critics. He has become a lightening rod for conservatives. Show More Summary
Official Author Website Order the book HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Intern's Handbook Read Qwill’s interview with Shane Kuhn AUTHOR INFORMATION: Shane Kuhn is a writer and filmmaker with twenty years of experience working in the entertainment business and the ad world. Show More Summary