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  ...

French New Wave

Jean Douchet’s lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, French New Wave, is an eye-popping tribute to the movement that gained worldwide prominence in 1959 with the release of two groundbreaking motion pictures: Fran´┐Żois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.  ...

Last Things

Last Things is an ambitious novel that touches on big themes - the poetry of science and physics; our millennial preoccupation with the end of time; correlations between creativity and insanity; and the allure of mysticism and pagan spirituality.  ...

Bad Love – Randy Newman

To the extent that Randy Newman is known at all, it's as a purveyor of sentimental Americana in the soundtracks of mediocre films. Every ten years or so, he scores a minor hit single with a novelty song like  ...