Browsing All posts tagged under »death«

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 […]

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 […]

My mom on Tao Lin

November 26, 2010

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At the end of this past summer, I had a piece published on Salon about the self-promoting, controversial writer Tao Lin. After it ran, my mom became briefly interested in Lin, asked me a few questions and then forgot about him. But last week, she was at her local library and saw a copy of […]

Jeff Klein

November 14, 2010

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I never like to use the blog section of my site for anything too personal; I mostly try to keep “I” out of it and just do straight reviews of books/movies/restaurants, or commentary on magazines or albums, or even essays or op-eds about the current state of some social construct, except with the idea of […]

The Humbling

October 18, 2009

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Philip Roth’s new novel has only been out a couple weeks now, but I knew I had to read it right away. It was a quick, breezy read—a tiny novella, like Indignation in its almost aggravating brevity—that only clocks in at 140 pages. And those are small pages with absurdly large type. To get to […]