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  • Word power

    Word power
    Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
  • DVD Review: 'Despair'

    With all due respect to Stanley Kubrick's excellent “Lolita,” Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 English-language version of Vladimir Nabokov's “Despair” remains the greatest big-screen Nabokov adaptation. (Hiring Tom Stoppard to...
  • "So Long, See You Tomorrow" by William Maxwell

    "So Long, See You Tomorrow" by William Maxwell
    A boy moves away from his small-town central Illinois home after his father murders a tenant farmer. Years later, an occasional childhood playmate ignores the boy in a high school corridor. Out of that awkward, wordless moment emerged "So Long, See You...
  • 'The Eaves of Heaven' by Andrew X. Pham

    'The Eaves of Heaven' by Andrew X. Pham
    The Eaves of Heaven A Life in Three Wars Andrew X. Pham Harmony Books: 302 pp., $24.95 Only its loss defines a golden age. Andrew X. Pham's story of Pham Van Thong, his father, is ostensibly one of devastation. A young Vietnamese loses his ancestral...
  • As the crow flies

    As the crow flies
    By Ed Park After "American," the most overused but irresistible prefix for titles might be "The Secret History of." Unscientific trend-spotters (me) attribute the popularity of this modern-day usage to Donna Tartt's 1992 novel, "The Secret History."...
  • 'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much' by Allison Hoover Bartlett

    'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much' by Allison Hoover Bartlett
    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...
  • 'What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going' by Damion Searls

    What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going Damion Searls 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...
  • 'The Original of Laura' by Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Dmitri Nabokov

    'The Original of Laura' by Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Dmitri Nabokov
    The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun) Vladimir Nabokov 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...
  • Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'

    Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'
    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....
  • 'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron

    'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron
    The Suicide Run Five Tales of the Marine Corps William Styron 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...
  • Christopher Sorrentino assumes Dad's prose

    Christopher Sorrentino assumes Dad's prose
    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...
  • Paperback Writers: Nightmare noir

    Paperback Writers: Nightmare noir
    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...