It may be hard to hear over the din of blockbuster movie franchises and John Green's superstardom, but a new voice in Young Adult literature has emerged, and her name is Jandy Nelson.
No work of art exists in a vacuum. No work of art is an unbreachable creation with a purity that defines it as one thing in and of itself. No work of art is its own Platonic form.
America has a powerful lineage of public intellectuals who have constantly added something visceral and vital to the culture. One thinks immediately of James Baldwin, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion.
From bright cafés to sultry brothels and bleak hotel rooms, from rumbling trains to -- in this case -- rusty tubs fighting roaring seas, he creates a compelling world populated by diplomats and spies, dangerous enchantresses and jaded aristocrats, all on the make in one way or another, all engaged in the battle for survival in a world that is rapidly falling apart.
Divorce fiction is hot. There are categories for women's divorce fiction and teen divorce fiction and kid divorce fiction and even men's divorce fiction. Parents buy kid divorce fiction to help kids cope as their lives get turned inside-out.
The making or covering up can happen anywhere in the world. Actually, muckraking journalists have been been exposing these injustices for hundreds of years. It is not simply in the modern era of American journalists.
"What book will really capture your heart and mind?"
Vogel's Big Money is a must-read if you are concerned about politics and the future of this country.
It's summer reading time for The Buddha Diaries. I just finished this (mostly) entertaining mystery novel by Joel Dicker... Imagine you're doing a j...
Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.
Whether by accident or by design, Hard Choices doggedly makes the case for the person to lead us who is best placed to deliver more democracy, more freedom and more peacefulness the world over -- and it doesn't hurt that this person has the biggest, most diverse rolodex on the planet.
Deborah Solomon's biography is one of the biggest non-fiction literary snow jobs in the last 50 years -- it makes the James Frey memoir debacle look like child's play.
There's a formulation I use when I ask myself why I write -- or why I continue to write well past my realistic "shelf-life" as a writer: it's because this is what I am given to do.
Today, she was a poet, for she lived many lives, today. She moved around the world and she remained still to watch the world move. She lived between the lines of the novel she carried.
New York is constantly documented throughout film, television, literature, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The glitz and glamour that have become pseudonymous with this city are contrasted by dark and tragic tales of the city that once was.
We need look no further, in my opinion, than the irrational, fanatical obstructionism that greets every initiative by our first African-American President to know that racism remains a powerful, if poorly fig-leafed force in our country's life.