| May 3, 2008
By Darin Strauss
The daunting thing, of course, is the word itself. You hear "genius," you picture Wile E. Coyote, tinkering alone in the sierras, cobbling together the rocket-powered cycle on which he will catch only trouble.
| Jul 26, 2008
The fiction of Joyce Carol Oates draws much of its dark power from American crime.
From her prodigiously anthologized 1966 short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (based on serial killer Charles Schmid) to her 2000 novel "Blonde" (about...
| Nov 5, 2009
There are people who love books, people who love to collect books and people who love books, particularly rare ones, so much that they're willing to steal them. Books coveted by collectors can be quite valuable -- say, a first Italian edition of...
| Jun 21, 2009
What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going
Dalkey Archive Press: 102 pp., $12.95 paper
What do André Gide, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Yasushi Inoue, Vladimir Nabokov and Tommaso Landolfi have in common?
They are authors whose work inspired the...
| Nov 15, 2009
The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)
Edited by Dmitri Nabokov
Alfred A. Knopf: 280 pp., $35
In the fall of 1976, a newspaper contacted Vladimir Nabokov in his Swiss refuge and asked him which books he had recently read. He responded...
| Nov 29, 2009
While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Mar 28, 2010
After J.D. Salinger died in January, speculation began anew about the possibility that his New Hampshire study might be packed with 45 years' worth of unpublished writings, the fruit of his extraordinary reticence. The question of whether such work should...
| Mar 28, 2010
William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (NYRB Classics: 288 pp., $16) tells the rise-and-fall story of Stan Carlisle, a hustling carnival wanna-be who transforms himself into the Great Stanton, a big-time stage magician, and then into a fake...
| Aug 13, 2008
Nabokov's last work to be printed
Vladimir Nabokov's son says he will publish the Russian author's last manuscript despite the writer's dying request that it be burned.
Dimitri Nabokov says in an interview with the German edition of Vanity Fair that his...
| May 19, 2009
Publicist for Broadway, Hollywood
Lee Solters, 89, a longtime publicist who worked with some of the biggest names of Broadway and Hollywood, died Monday of natural causes at his home in West Hollywood, according to Jerry Digney, his...
| Apr 19, 2009
If you're a Philip K. Dick fan, and even if you're not, the best way to start reading Christopher Miller's second novel, "The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank" (Harper Perennial: 522 pp., $14.99 paper), might be to open the...