Daniel Woodrell is clearly among the best
living American writers when it comes to evoking the sights, sounds and
even the smell of the blood-soaked terrain on which most of his novels
take place. Described by some as the master of “country noir,” Woodrell
is incredibly gifted at describing small towns of the Missouri Ozarks
while also delivering pitch-perfect dialogue straight out of those
A deadly firefight between U.S. forces and Iraqi
insurgents is caught on video by a Fox News crew and before the eight
surviving members of Bravo Company can get back to their barracks, the
video has gone viral on the Internet.
The four English and one American gentlemen who came
together at the end of the turbulent 1960s to form the comedy troupe
known as Monty Python’s Flying Circus were highly intelligent,
well-educated, profoundly funny, incredibly creative, incessantly silly,
politically satirical, highly neurotic and explosively successful.
Pity poor Harold Silver, the loveable protagonist in A.M. Homes’ latest and perhaps finest novel, May We Be Forgiven.
Set over the course of one nightmarish year, from one disastrous family
Thanksgiving to the next year’s “remains of the day,” Homes has cooked
up the blackest of comedies.
Less than a year ago, word began
circulating of a new “definitive” biography of Rock and Roll icon Bruce
Springsteen. These rumors were like manna from heaven for frustrated
Springsteen fans, who have been waiting for decades for this kind of
biography. And who could blame them?
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz
is on the phone with me from Los Angeles, where he’s beginning a book
tour to mark the release of his second collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, some 16 years in the making.
In his biography of David Foster Wallace, New Yorker
staff writer D.T. Max has painted an incredibly honest and vivid
portrait of a brilliant writer, a sensitive soul and a tortured artist,
plagued throughout his life with severe depression, anxiety and
Just like in Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, post-apocalyptic novel The Road, first-time novelist Peter Heller has created a heartbreakingly moving love story with The Dog Stars, one of this year’s greatest literary surprises.
There is a palpable arid and hollow feeling throughout much of Dave Eggers’ magnificent new novel, A Hologram For The King.
It is set in Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian coast, and peopled by
characters who seem adrift in the vast desert and alien to their own
sense of self.