| May 15, 2012
| 2:35 PM
DJ Spooky lectures and screens Rebirth of a Nation
$15-$20, 7 p.m., May 17. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998, marktwainhouse.org
D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation occupies a particularly peculiar role in the history...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
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...
| Feb 24, 2008
By Ed Park
Last fall, the Portland, Ore.-based literary journal Tin House published an issue titled "Fantastic Women," a satisfyingly plump gathering of work by what could loosely be called the new breed of fabulists.
The fiction displays slipstream-...
| Jun 22, 2008
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
| Sep 9, 2007
By Ed Park
Repetition is never a good thing. In "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," Jorge Luis Borges cites or invents a Gnostic saying. "Copulation and mirrors are abominable," he writes, because both reproduce the visual universe, which is illusory. People...
| May 24, 2009
José Manuel Prieto, translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen
Grove: 322 pp., $24
Is José Manuel Prieto swanning after Marcel Proust in his novel "Rex"? After all, his narrator's account of temps perdu is saturated with homage to The...
| May 16, 2010
The Museum of Eterna's Novel (The First Good Novel) Macedonio Fernández Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Schwartz Open Letter: 238 pp., $14.95 paper
"I'm confident that I won't have a single orderly reader." So begins "For the Reader Who Skips...
| Oct 15, 2008
Pine forests must shudder at Ilan Stavans' very name.
A scholar, fiction writer, literary critic, lexicographer, graphic novelist, public television host and all-around intellectual go-to guy on matters Judaic and Latino, the Amherst College professor...
| May 16, 2008
If you want to catch two wicked talents get into trouble, head for the Fountain Theatre, where Tony winner Tonya Pinkins and "Cold Case" actress Tracie Thoms are tearing it up in "And Her Hair Went With Her," Zina Camblin's vivid if uneven look at African...
| Apr 8, 2009
Cees Nooteboom, now 75, is one of the two Dutch writers -- along with his slightly older contemporary, Harry Mulisch -- whose name always turns up on those mysterious annual short lists of Nobel Prize contenders so beloved of European literary...
| Mar 13, 2008
Today, Cannick and Perlstein discuss the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party. Previously, they weighed the causes of the party's apparent national strength, assessed the compatibility of progressive politics and traditional religious values,...
| Oct 24, 2008
" Synecdoche, New York," screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's wildly ambitious directorial debut, recalls the Jorge Luis Borges story in which the imperial cartographers make a map of the empire so detailed and true-to-life that it takes on the exact dimensions...