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Madison Smartt Bell

My John Updike

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

John Updike would have been 79 this Sunday. When he died of lung cancer in January 2009 the Web lit up with tributes, and as I read them I remembered my own John Updike story.

Book Review Roundup: Conspiracy Theories And How To Determine A Psychopath

Posted 07.19.2011 | Books

"A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter" by William Deresiewicz Los Angeles Ti...

Will Self-Hypnosis Make You A Better Writer?

newyorker.com | Posted by Jeannie Vanasco | Posted 06.13.2011 | Books

Madison Smartt Bell’s latest novel "The Color of Night" landed on my desk with a handwritten note from his publicist: “Check out the acknowledgmen...

Book Review Roundup: David Foster Wallace's Posthumous Novel And A Guide To Modern Poetry

Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace Slate Incomplete or not, The Pale King is whole enough, a fully imagined, often exquisitely fleshed-out ...

What God Looks Like in Haiti

Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Madison Smartt Bell

Contemptible as Pat Robertson's Haiti statement is -- in the eyes of God and of all humanity -- I'd just as soon dispose of it by ignoring it... let it fade out as the static it is. Except that it's not just static.

How John Fahey Stole My Brain

Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Madison Smartt Bell

An unusual person came to a reading I gave not long ago in Jackson, Mississippi. He seemed like he might be just a little crazy, but then lots of the people I know do.

The Hero Of The Haitian Revolution

The New York Review of Books | David Brion Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

David Brion Davis The New York Review of Books Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, by Madison Smartt Bell (Pantheon) The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1...

Book Review Round-Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Miss some of the weekend's book reviews? We're back again to catch you up with a book review round-up of the newest in fine literature and in... well,...

Haiti: The Literature From 'The New York Review Of Books'

The New York Review of Books | Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

'A Hidden Haitian World', Madison Smartt Bell The New York Review of Books Massacre River, by René Philoctète, translated from the French by Linda ...