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Literary Arts
A Challenging Mystery
By lisa ryers (Oct 14, 2005)
One has to admire Guillermo Martinez for publishing his book, The Oxford Murders, in a time when the public will no doubt make comparisons to other titles. In this tale, a young Argentinean mathematician earns a fellowship to Oxford. During his first weeks there, he meets a few luminaries in his field, makes out with his tennis partner, and unluckily happens upon the dead body of his landlady. I can see the dialogue between the book clerk who has to describe this book to prospective customers. More
Literary Arts
Booze & Books
By matt munday (Oct 4, 2005)
Like books? Enjoy the unsolicited intimacy of crowded rooms? Want to take intrusive, ill-timed flash photographs of some of your favourite local authors? Simply have a drinking problem? Then you'll be glad to hear that on October 7th, Litquake is back for its fourth year -- this time bigger and more literary than ever before. More
Literary Arts
Being a Main Character
By Scott Esposito (Sep 30, 2005)
As a novelist, J.M. Coetzee has always been preoccupied with ideas, and in his best novels he has invented situations that work equally well as plot points and as a debate of those ideas. When Coetzee is on his game, his philosophical debates are so seamlessly entwined with the plot and dialog that his books read like tight, potent narratives. More
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Defending Science Against A Rampaging Elephant
By Kit Stolz (Sep 16, 2005)
When Chris Mooney was a boy in the 70s his grandfather, a biologist, used to shake his head in disbelief at the transparent ruses of religious "creationists" who contrived attacks on the idea of evolution to insist that the earth was, as claimed in the Bible, only a few thousand years old. So-called "Creation scientists" would try to cast doubt on radioisotope dating, for example, or claim that evolution violated the second law of thermodynamics. More
Literary Arts
Sorrow Strikes Again
By Tanya Khiatani (Aug 31, 2005)
The author that brought the egocentric Generation X to its feet, if only for the short time it took to read the 128 loaded pages of Night, has graced the American landscape with another of his thought-provoking tales of misery. Elie Wiesel's new novel, The Time of the Uprooted tells of despair rooted in solitude and, unlike some of his past works, Wiesel strays from the loaded narrative. More
Literary Arts
Developing Your Inner Wildman
By lisa ryers (Aug 19, 2005)
For librarians and bookstore staffers who have a hard time categorizing books, the Library of Congress provides help. Adrienne Brodeur's new novel, Man Camp, is filed thusly: number one: "Self-actualization (psychology)." The second is "Man-Woman relationships-fiction." The third is "New York-fiction." In this realm, she shares a place with other female novelists who, coincidentally or not, offer plugs for her book: "Sex and the City"'s Candace Bushnell and "chick lit" novelist Melissa Bank. More
Literary Arts
A Memoir You May Outgrow
By lisa ryers (Aug 5, 2005)
When feeling lofty, book jacket copywriters like to use the word bildingsroman to apply to a well-crafted book which is over 400 pages and paints a portrait (usually autobiographical) of the male arc of boy to man. We all know Thomas Mann deserved the word. Thomas Wolfe deserved it. The question is, does Sean Wilsey deserve it? More
Literary Arts
An Engrossing Read and Heartfelt Novel
By Scott Esposito (Jul 20, 2005)
Kazuo Ishiguro has built his career out of books (The Remains of the Day, A Pale View of the Hills) with strange plots and equally strange characters. In the words of one critic, he has "mapped an aesthetic territory all his own," but despite his challenging novels and stylistic risks, Ishiguro has managed to win a wide readership that most novelists can only admire. More
Literary Arts
The Nature of the Mind
By Mario Bruzzone (Jul 8, 2005)
Originally, Michael Guista's Brain Work was to be titled Brain Work: Stories in Search of a Soul. While I don't know the actual reason why the subtitle was dropped, I suspect that someone saw its deceptiveness: The stories themselves aren't looking for their own souls; rather, Guista is trying to uncover the essence of the soul that inhabits us all. More
Literary Arts
Delectable Stories
By Tanya Khiatani (Jun 24, 2005)
Finding the work of a living, master storyteller can prove to be quite a task. I tend to picture our era sliding along the downward slope of a great literature curve. The human condition is universal, and as writers have been exposing it for hundreds of years, it's been expressed from every angle imaginable. Many of our contemporaries have made careers out of packaging yesterday's literature in attractive covers and passing it off as modern. More
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