A Room with a View – Noel Coward

Noel Coward is best remembered today for his plays - Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living among others. However, he was also a prolific composer of operetta (Bitter Sweet) and material for revues. A prolific songwriter who wrote  ...

Abel Ferrara: The King of New York – Nick Johnstone

When highbrow pundits, scholars and the thoroughly misguided AFI listmakers inevitably catalogue the "final word" on great American filmmakers, it wouldn't be surprising if Abel Ferrara's name was mistakenly left off the roster. The missing link between cinema's art  ...

Side Effect – Sandra Feder

Side Effect is in the tradition of scientifically or professionally realistic thrillers, a la Michael Crichton/John Grisham, this time set in the stressed out fast-paced world of pharmaceutical research. Sandra Feder has a background in research chemistry, allowing her  ...

The Year of Jubilo – Howard Bahr

The Year of Jubilo, Howard Bahr's even-handed story of the year immediately following the end of the Civil War--before the full impact of reconstruction--is not only refreshing in the author’s resistance to continuing the fight between the North and  ...

Dublin Writers Festival – 2001

Dublin celebrated Bloomsday 2001 with four days of literary readings hosted in civic buildings by Dublin Corporation. Writers' festivals are based on a strange concept. Film festivals or drama festivals celebrate art forms which are intended to  ...

Journey to Portugal – Jose Saramago

Journey to Portugal offers the pleasures of an engaging travel book coupled with the deeper enjoyment of sharing an excursion with a world-class storyteller. Written several years prior to his acclaimed 1995 novel Blindness, Saramago’s Journey to Portugal is  ...

Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men – Padgett Powell

How many struggling writers wouldn’t give their eyeteeth to be in Padgett Powell’s predicament? Since the publication of Edisto, his highly praised 1984 debut novel about a young boy’s eccentric upbringing in the Deep South, Powell has been in  ...

The Dying Animal – Philip Roth

David Kepesh is a breast man. When author Philip Roth first introduced us to him in the 1973 novella The Breast, the 38-year-old professor of comparative literature was the victim of a Kafkaesque medical anomaly that resulted in his  ...

I Married a Communist – Philip Roth

Philip Roth's I Married A Communist is one a series of novels that use a narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, as a stand-in for the author. It's a hodgepodge of a novel that serves to vent his feelings about the witchhunt  ...