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Women and Children First

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

[Prose's stories] left me feeling that, if I approached my own life with her scalpel-like intensity, I would find something extraordinary in me, too.


Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

In the deep sea of American poetry, Simic is our winning angler. He reels in the catch, and we sit down for the feast, supping on a poetry of succulent thrill and delight.

Robert Frost: A Life

Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

According to Parini, Frost was initially viewed as a wise and genial man. Then he was perceived as the 'farmer-poet offering homespun wisdom from the lecture platform.' Finally, and most recently, Frost has been condemned a monster.....

Turnip Blues

Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

"When Mrs. Lemack reads in a newspaper article that the late blues singer, Bessie Smith — her lifetime idol — rests in an untended grave in a run-down cemetery, she is determined to go there and make sure that Bessie receives the care and respect she deserves..."


Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

Cooper's novel moves like a dream in which one knows one is dreaming and yet can't wake up. The narrative voice shifts so often that the first half of the book is unnecessarily confusing ... [and] not everything is neatly explained by the end - but then, it rarely is in a dream....

Elvis Costello, A Biography

Issue No. 26 ~ July, 1999

In the end, Elvis Costello remains to us an invisible man, and we're left living on the outskirts of a life that, while still in full creative force, deserves to have some of its past detailed...

Scars of Sweet Paradise

Issue No. 26 ~ July, 1999

Janis [Joplin's] story is a thrilling, inspiring, and finally a heartbreaking one, and even with her flaws Echols is an excellent guide...

White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness

Issue No. 25 ~ June, 1999

I wanted to like this book. A combination of memoir and extended musing on race and race theory, White Lies is the work of Maurice Berger, a white boy who grew up Jewish in a largely black Lower East Side housing project. His father was …

Planet Doonesbury

Issue No. 24 ~ May, 1999

The best thing about Trudeau's political wit is that no one is immune from it ... Trudeau takes shots at liberal parents and conspiracy buffs alike.

Sabbathday River

Issue No. 24 ~ May, 1999

Suffering from the lack of appealing characters ... Korelitz's writing varies from pedestrian ... to pretentious ... to inept.