Writers on America

Written by Eva Neuberg on . Posted in Books, Posts

Now that America has enemies again–now that we’re engaged in another and, to many of us, a rather more crucial historic struggle for the hearts and minds of less fortunate peoples across the globe–we find ourselves desperately in need of sophisticated propaganda. I don’t mean crude threats like we dropped with the bombs in Afghanistan; [&hellip
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The Art of Noir

Written by Bob Riedel on . Posted in Books, Posts

I’m arguing with my 12-year-old son about film noir. Not the movies, just the phrase. . "Dad, you want to go outside and have a snowball fight?" "No, it’s too cold and dry. It won’t pack." (My standard excuse.) "What are you writing about?" "Film noir." I pronounce it nwahr. "It’s a kind of movie [&hellip
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Crichton’s Prey

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Prey Pretend for a moment that Michael Crichton weren’t the author of the true Great American Novel, Jurassic Park, and one of a half-dozen of the world’s most powerful storytellers. His latest, Prey (HarperCollins, 367 pages, $26.95), would still be compelling for pacing that destroys your television. As it is, it stands as a turning [&hellip
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Franzen’s How to Be Alone

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Jonathan Franzen wants to be Oprah Winfrey. A year after the dust-up regarding The Corrections’ inclusion in and expulsion from her book club, Franzen can be found prattling in The New Yorker about how important it is "to sustain a sense of connectedness" and the unimpeachable value of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. [&hellip
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Michael Chabon’s Summerland

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Michael Chabon is a storyteller. That separates him more than a little from his fellow successful literary novelists, most of whom, it seems, have decided that the style, substance or even texture of a novel is more the thing. That’s made for some pretentious and hard-to-read acclaimed novels. Although, maybe it’s the idea that Important [&hellip
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