The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s strength as a fiction writer lies in his micromanagement of characterization. It’s no oxymoron to call The Corrections a large-scale intimate portrait of an American family. By burrowing deep inside the bruised middle-class psyches of Alfred and  ...

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  ...

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

100% Cotton dyed Noren. Handmade in Japan. a limited production noren for the serious noren enthusiast What are we to make of the curious literary career of David Foster Wallace? The success of his 1,079-page doorstop of a  ...

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.  ...

Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear is a certified classic with one of the most famous plots in film history. Four men undertake a suicide mission to earn $2,000 apiece by driving two trucks loaded with dangerously unstable nitroglycerine 300 miles  ...

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,  ...

Oliver Twist

This wildly original adaptation of Oliver Twist is likely to disappoint Dickensian purists. Adventurous and open-minded viewers will find it riveting. Screenwriter (and co-executive producer) Alan Bleasdale has invented a backstory that runs parallel to Dickens’ narrative and elevates  ...