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 days of the 1950s and to fire a shot at  ...

House of Leaves

Ten years in the writing, Mark Danielewski’s 700-page hypertext ghost story, House of Leaves, is a remarkable display of innovative book design. Dueling storylines are told simultaneously in contrasting typefaces. Blocks of text are printed upside down, sideways, backwards, or on top of one another. Hundreds of dizzying encyclopedic  ...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers, the 29-year-old editor of the determinedly odd literary journal McSweeney’s, has written a memoir that wreaks delirious havoc by turning the autobiographical genre on its head. As its flippant title makes riotously clear, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is fitted with a bullet-proof vest of self-mocking  ...

The Hot Rock – Sleater-Kinney

Let's say you're 15 years old and you want to annoy your parents. But how? Dad used to stagedive at Black Flag shows and Mom embarrasses you by wearing her old Dead Kennedys T-shirt to the grocery store. What's a suburban smartass to do when punk's become nostalgia  ...

The Glass Cocoon – Serena F. Holder/Christopher J. Jarmick

The Glass Cocoon is a 500-page behemoth of a murder mystery written by two first-time novelists, Christopher J. Jarmick and Serena F. Holder. The theme is provocative: what if one of the anonymous members of a sexually-explicit online chatroom started killing the families and friends of other members? Not unlike  ...

Charles Gayle: Ancient of Days

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Broke – (hed) p.e.

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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. At first glance, these films appear to have little in  ...