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Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

Astronauts' Bodily Functions, The Derailment Of A Literary Career

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Did you miss this weekend's big book reviews? Catch up with the buzz on Mary Roach's latest and more with the highlights below. "Packing For Mars," M...

On Deafness And The Middle Distance

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Deaf and near-deaf people such as myself operate in a world I think was best captured by classical Chinese painters. Their pictures have no middle distance: we see figures in the foreground, and we see mountains in the far ground, but what we see in the middle is left to the imagination and must be perceived.