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Paul Theroux

New Book on South Offers Expected Clichés, Some Good Stories

Andy Brack | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Andy Brack

Noted travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux's new book, Deep South, brings very mixed reactions. On more than one occasion, I wondered, "Where does this guy get off saying that?" And I grab the book and want to hurl it through the window.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Paul Theroux's Furies

Francis Levy | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Francis Levy

A dentist Ray Testa, who is 58, leaves his wife Angie, to run off with his 31year-old hygienist, Shelby. At the wedding he announces: "I now belong to an incredibly exclusive club. There are not many men who can say that they're older than their father-n-law."

Opening Lines, Last Lines: A Delicate Balance

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.19.2012 | Home
Randy Susan Meyers

The perfect first line. How we chase it, scrambling phrases and our brains, seeking magic words to pop open our stories like magic keys. Tougher, can be that last line; tougher because it's culminating an entire world.

Dodging the Yada Yada Yada in Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
Randy Susan Meyers

Some of these books were incredibly well written -- others, less so. I looked for commonality in the pile of books, unconnected by genre or subject: why did I remember the characters, the plot, the settings, so well?

Movie Review: Don't Wander Into Wanderlust!

Carole Mallory | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Jennifer Aniston deserves better material. Paul Rudd does as well. So what are they doing in this turkey?

Christopher Hitchens On The Art Of A Proper Literary Feud | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Home

In Sunday’s Week in Review, I wrote about the death of the old-school literary feud now that Paul Theroux has shaken hands with V.S. Naipaul, Rick M...

Diana Athill's Response To The VS Naipaul Attack | Alison Flood | Posted 08.03.2011 | Home

Former publisher rubbished by Naipaul for writing 'feminine tosh' says she is not taking his criticism seriously....

VS Naipaul Thinks No Woman Is His Literary Match Not Even Jane Austen

The Guardian | Amy Fallon | Posted 08.02.2011 | Home

VS Naipaul, no stranger to literary spats and rows, has done it again. This time, the winner of the Nobel prize for literature has lashed out at femal...

Literary Feuds And The Men Who Could Be Peacemakers

The Guardian | Patrick Kingsley | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home

Well, it was fun while it lasted. After 15 years, novelists Paul Theroux and VS Naipaul have finally ended their bookish bust-up, with a little help f...

The Panacea of Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Susan Meyers

My author choice of the week for throwing oneself into despair is Rosellen Brown. If you've not yet had the pleasure of her company, her books satisfy like a well-made home-cooked meal.

Book Review Roundup

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If you missed any of the weekend's book reviews from around the country, we've gathered a few here for you. "The Postmistress", by Sarah Blake The W...

Caribbean Writers in the Shadow of Sir Vidia Naipaul

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arlene M. Roberts

No doubt Naipaul deserves the accolades that have been bestowed upon him, bit the fixation on his personal life overshadows the accomplishments of a generation of Caribbean writers.