| Jun 15, 2012
| 12:40 PM
When Christina Kondos receives her bachelor's degree at Caltech's commencement Friday, she will represent a tiny and little-known minority at the prestigious science and engineering campus in Pasadena.
Kondos is the only one in her graduating class of...
| Jul 15, 2012
So you're an admirer of James Joyce's "Ulysses"? Well, thank Trieste for that book. Why? Gordon Bowker's "James Joyce: A New Biography" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 608 pp., $35) shows readers how living in that seaport city in northeastern Italy helped...
| Jul 22, 2012
Where the Heart Beats
John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Penguin: 477 pp., $29.95
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, composer John Cage underwent related crises in his...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:13 AM
I got a fascinating email in my in box this morning, and wanted to spread the word about a project being spearheaded by the legendary director-provocateur Lars von Trier. Anyone in the world can get involved.
Trier wants people around the world to...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Brother Felix was a cross between Attila the Hun and Saint Francis of Assisi. I was his Achilles' heel. He taught honors English at Mount Saint Michael. By the end of my freshman year I could write the heck out of anything.
Brother insisted I keep a...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 9:43 AM
Alice Ripley, who won a Tony Award for her performance of the bi-polar mother in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, "Next to Normal," is cast in the upcoming production of Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park" at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Here's a long awaited novel by one of the godfathers of contemporary American modernism (or "post-modernism," as some critics and scholars call the continuation of the American modernist tradition). William H. Gass, a new-fangled genius, along with John...
| Mar 20, 2013
Ron Rash, one of America's most-admired contemporary Southern writers, is conscious of working in a venerable literary tradition that goes back through O'Connor, Welty and Faulkner.
But he notices modern trends, too, such as the recent emergence of...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. At least that's what James Joyce, one of Ireland's most famous writers — and a notorious drinker — once said. The phrase rings particularly true on St. Patrick's Day, the saucy Irish holiday that is...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Aleksandar Hemon landed in the United States two decades ago, January 1992. He was 27, a young Bosnian journalist from Sarajevo arriving on a one-month visa, arranged through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department. Just after he...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 1:23 PM
Just as Irish novelist Flann O'Brien out-Joyced James Joyce with his mind-bending masterwork "At Swim-Two-Birds," Irish playwright Arthur Riordan takes the sort of too-true-to-be-real story that is catnip to Tom Stoppard and proceeds to fold, spindle, and...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:22 PM
On the surface of her first new novel in a decade, the vaguely autobiographical, startlingly ambitious "See Now Then," author Jamaica Kincaid seems to tell a simple story about a New England family that is falling apart. Mr. Sweet, a musician and...