June/July/Aug/Sept 2006


Recollections by John Banville, Francine Prose, Rebecca Goldstein, Patrick McGrath, William H. Gass, Jim Crace, Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Lethem, Maureen Howard, Francisco Goldman, and Lynne Tillman


Timeline of literary debuts

Excerpt from Thomas Bernhard's Frost

Bookies: Nicole Rudick on Fantagraphics

Luxury & Degradation: Toni Bentley on Writer of O

A Prairie Home Companion, the film; San Francisco's Beat Museum; Q&A on the World Cup; Rhonda Lieberman on Proustiana

Carter Scholz on Julie Phillips's James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Benjamin Anastas on John Updike's Terrorist

James Gibbons on Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow

Rebecca Donner on Donald Antrim's The Afterlife

Neil Gordon on A. B. Yehoshua's A Woman in Jerusalem

Greil Marcus on Philip Roth's Everyman

Bharati Mukherjee on Monica Ali's Alentejo Blue

Rachel Shteir on Marshall Berman's On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square

Gerald Early on Joe Drape's Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend

Marjorie Perloff on Edward Timms's Karl Kraus, Apocalyptic Satirist: The Post-war Crisis and the Rise of the Swastika

Michael Roth on Jean Paulhan's The Flowers of Tarbes, or, Terror in Literature

Robert S. Boynton on Eric Lott's The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual and David S. Brown's Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography

L. P. Harvey on Natalie Zemon Davis's Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds

Yona Zeldis McDonough on Rachel Sherman's The First Hurt

McKenzie Wark on Steve Tomasula's The Book of Portraiture

Lauren Sanders on Clifford Chase's Winkie

Tom Nawrocki on Andrew Beaujon's Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock

Sia Michel on Reggie Nadelson's Comrade Rockstar: The Life and Mystery of Dean Reed, the All-American Boy Who Brought Rock 'n' Roll to the Soviet Union

Rebecca Reich on Kiril Tomoff's Creative Union: The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939–1953

Adam Lehner on Cynthia Carr's Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America

Benjamin Strong on Louise Welsh's The Bullet Trick