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Loving Pedro Infante

Issue No. 54 ~ November, 2001

Loving Pedro Infante tells the story of Teresina Ávila, or Tere, a divorced thirtysomething teachers’ aide in Cabritoville, New Mexico. Tere has a mother who’s always there for her, a best friend she can tell …

Sailing Alone Around the Room

Issue No. 54 ~ November, 2001

The publication of Billy Collins’ new and selected poems comes only about a month after his appointment as Poet Laureate of the U.S. for 2001-2002 and a little more than a decade since the publication …

The Other Side of Eden

Issue No. 53 ~ October, 2001

The Other Side of Eden is a puzzle of a book, by turns engrossing and dull, insightful and preachy. In it, Hugh Brody examines hunter-gatherer cultures, individually and in general, and looks at how these …

Sputnik Sweetheart

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

Reviewing a single novel by Murakami without discussing his other works is like trying to walk up a steep embankment of newly cut grass after a summer rain in bowling shoes. It’s difficult to keep …

The PowerBook

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

Yesterday, as I was considering how to begin my review of The PowerBook, a friend spotted the book on my coffee table. “Jeanette Winterson!” she exclaimed. “She’s a great writer.” I agreed, and we got …

On Histories and Stories

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

I first encountered the novels of A.S. Byatt in a British Literature survey I took to fulfill a degree requirement in college. When the professor assigned Possession, Byatt’s 1990 Booker Prize winner, she did so …

Future Boston

Issue No. 52 ~ September, 2001

For the last month, I’ve been practicing the phrase, “I used to live in Boston,” but it still feels strange to say it. In two weeks, I’ll put all my stuff in a truck and …

Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

Issue No. 51 ~ August, 2001

There is a popular dictum on the children’s program Sesame Street that “asking questions is a great way to find things out.” Whenever one of public broadcasting’s flagship Muppets or moppets faces a seemingly insoluble …

The Death of Sweet Mister

Issue No. 51 ~ August, 2001

At a late point in Daniel Woodrell’s new novel The Death of Sweet Mister, Shug, an overweight, 13 year old boy, finds his father’s blood-filled boot in the sink. He knows his father is dead, …