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The Deal From Hell

June 20, 2011

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When the Tribune Company bought the Times Mirror Company in 2000 (basically a hostile takeover, hardly the “merger” that many called it), the reporters of both the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times alike were none too pleased. Now James O’Shea, who was an editor for both papers, has written the story of that troubled marriage, […]

Popular novels come in pairs

May 31, 2011

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I know this is an oversimplification that will annoy people, but here goes: novels, it seems to me, often become popular in pairs, by subject matter. It’s happened three times that I can think of in recent years (I’m sure there are many more examples but I’m thinking only of cases where both novels have […]

In a Strange Room

May 14, 2011

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“It happens like this.” So begins Damon Galgut’s Booker-shortlisted novel In a Strange Room. It’s very matter-of-fact, isn’t it, and indeed this sets a tone for the rest of the book—events occur, the protagonist travels around, but there is little time wasted on analysis or explanation for his travels, or the motivation, or the reasoning. […]

Mr. Peanut

May 9, 2011

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When you get a few pages into Adam Ross’s debut novel, you think, ‘Okay, this is a murder mystery.’ A whodunnit. And it is that, but it’s also much more. The novel is a book within a book, and within that, it’s three stories, intertwining and doubling back on themselves, about three men and their […]

C and Remainder

January 5, 2011

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I didn’t know what to expect with Tom McCarthy’s new novel C, and was a little nervous to read it because I had heard it was so full of science and technical terms. Also, I avoid historical novels. This is not one, as it turns out. Or, at least, yes, it’s a fascinating bildungsroman told […]

Unaccustomed Earth

December 5, 2010

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest story collection, Unaccustomed Earth, blew me away. She builds on the strengths of Interpreter of Maladies and explores, often, the same themes but to an even more crushing, gripping degree. She leaves you feeling emotionally devastated from a single thirty-page story. She’s an incredible writer, and among so many talents (subtlety, for […]

Survivor

December 2, 2010

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Survivor is not Chuck Palahniuk’s best, but I see why the Cult, his legion of rabid fans, loves it. I also think I would have been more impressed had I read it earlier on in my Palahniuk arc, before I had struggled through the painful tedium of trashy books like Lullaby and Haunted. There are many things this book […]