Scorpions: Box of Scorpions

On one episode of Comedy Central's Insomniac, the show's drunken host, Dave Attell, stumbles into a state fair somewhere in middle America. There's a band playing, and he makes it to the side of the stage. Suddenly, he leans  ...

Oblivion – David Foster Wallace

Oblivion is David Foster Wallace’s third and best collection of short stories to date. Without sacrificing his flair for brainy surreal prose and dead-on social satire—which have on occasion seemed like ends in themselves—Wallace has added a stronger than usual  ...

Fidelity – Michael Redhill

Canadian author Michael Redhill spent ten years writing his debut novel, Martin Sloane, published to wide acclaim in 2001. As if challenging himself to master the whole of Henry James’s The Art of the Novel in one fell swoop,  ...

The Stones of Summer – Dow Mossman

Fifteen years ago, Errol Morris’s documentary The Thin Blue Line famously resulted in freeing an innocent man from prison. Last year, in what is arguably a comparable turn of events, Mark Moskowitz’s documentary Stone Reader rescued a forgotten American  ...

The White Album – Joan Didion

Joan Didion’s The White Album was first published in 1979 and can be considered a follow-up to her Slouching Towards Bethlehem published 11 years earlier. It consists of 20 essays arranged in five sections, including one about California phenomena,  ...

Something Might Happen – Julie Myerson

The Something Might Happen in the title of Julie Myerson’s bleak, haunting not-quite-whodunit seems at first already to have happened: a woman named Lennie has been grotesquely murdered in a seaside village in Suffolk and the police have been  ...

A Round-Heeled Woman – Jane Juska

Jane Juska’s first book is a memoir that takes as its starting point what happened when she placed an ad in The New York Review of Books seeking to "have a lot of sex with a man I like."  ...

New Hollywood Cinema – Geoff King

The phrase “new Hollywood cinema” is an ambiguous designation for a town that repeatedly reinvents and rejuvenates itself. It’s often applied to two closely-related – but very distinct – time periods. One is the late 1960's-to-mid-1970's, now known as  ...