The History of Middle Age

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, West Side Spirit

FE&FW-Patricia Cohen book Cover At 51, New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen has hit the ubiquitous halfway point for age. But instead of getting older quietly, Cohen decided to write a biography of middle age in her first book, In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age (Scribner). She starts at the beginning, roughly a century ago, when middle [&hellip
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She's Grrreat!

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, Our Town Downtown

agora Judging from her hilariously dark new memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom (out Feb. 14 from William Morrow), Sara Benincasa will always win the “Who has it worse?” game. Spent a week during college in your apartment, unable to get dressed or leave? Benincasa could barely leave her bed, and took to pissing in cereal bowls rather [&hellip
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Jonathan Ames: Everybody Dies in Memphis

Written by Jonathan Ames on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, Arts & Film, Books

memphis_pyramid_parkinglot About two hours after the Tyson-Lewis fight, after the arena had cleared out, after the final press conference, after 20,000 people had collectively shot some kind of cathartic wad of soul-semen and soul-pussy-juice, I found an exit and walked alone across a large, desolate parking lot and up a steep grass embankment. As usual I [&hellip
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Book Review: Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

farge There is a lot of ground covered in Paul La Farge’s Luminous Airplanes, from the Great Disappointment of the 19th century to a time when computers were the province of dedicated insomniacs obsessed with the idea of making the machines do their bidding. Beneath the divergences and skittering chronology, however, is a fairly banal search for [&hellip
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The War on Fashion

Written by admin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Alex Gilvarry’s debut novel puts a designer in Guantánamo Bay By Calvin Hennick A man languishes in a jail cell, called by a number instead of his name, held without charge and denied access to a lawyer. The stuff of Kafka? Or 21st-century America
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