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Book Review: Mr. Fox

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

Mr-Fox-Helen-Oyeyemi-Penguin A playful look at love, literature and Bluebeard, Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel, Mr. Fox, is nonetheless a serious piece of fiction. The tone is lighthearted, but beneath the veneer of arch teasing between novelist Mr. Fox, his muse, Mary Foxe, and his unhappy wife, Daphne, lies a nuanced examination of how we manage our expectations [&hellip
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Book Review: The Forgotten Waltz

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the-forgotten-waltz-1 There are more than a few echoes in Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz, a chilly and scalpel-sharp remembrance of an extramarital affair and its aftershocks. Enright’s icy prose has been called Didion-esque, and there’s a similarly unflinching quality to her heroine’s self-assessment as in Jardine Libaire’s Here Kitty Kitty. But The Forgotten Waltz is defiantly, [&hellip
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Book Review: The Train of Small Mercies

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

{7E64AB19-FAAD-4A03-B961-DEA0B7B5C4D3}Img100 David Rowell has given himself a large canvas with his new novel, The Train of Small Mercies. Leaping from city to city on the day Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train chugged slowly down the East Coast, Rowell’s cast of characters comprise the whole of an America on the cusp of major changes. The problem is, [&hellip
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Book Review: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

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Books_Rin-Tin-Tin_Isaacson-287x443 Among the strands that comprise Susan Orlean’s thorough, wide-ranging and ambitious Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend are the promised biography of America’s first dog film star; a history of the evolution of animals into house pets; a shocking revelation that America had a dog army during WWII (where was that fact in [&hellip
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Book Review: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

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

Among the strands that comprise Susan Orlean’s thorough, wide-ranging and ambitious Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend are the promised biography of America’s first dog film star; a history of the evolution of animals into house pets; a shocking revelation that America had a dog army during WWII (where was that fact in high school [&hellip
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TV Review: Luther, Season Two

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

Something happened between the first and second seasons (or series, as the British would have it) of Brit cop show Luther. Maybe it’s the relative lack of Ruth Wilson’s sociopath Alice, or the weaker premise that finds Luther now more resolutely straightforward, where once it felt ambiguous and terrifying. Still recovering from the death of his [&hellip
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TV Review: A Gifted Man

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

A blue-chip NYC-theater cast (Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale) can’t elevate CBS’ A Gifted Man high enough to forgive its flaws. Wilson is Michael, a wildly successful Manhattan neurosurgeon whose snobbery and wealth are punished by the sudden appearance of his dead ex-wife (Ehle). Apparently, being a rich doctor who doesn’t work in a [&hellip
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Book Review: The Postmortal

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

Our obsession with youth reaches its ultimate climax in Drew Magary’s new novel, The Postmortal. An accidental scientific discovery reveals a way to render people ageless: Once injected with a serum, patients cease to grow older than their age at that moment. Suddenly, people worldwide remain in their twenties and thirties forever, rendering death from old [&hellip
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