Brecht and Company – John Fuegi

John Fuegi's 1994 biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is an exhaustive monument to academic scholarship gone awry. At over 700 pages (including nearly 100 pages of endnotes), Brecht and Company is the longest full-scale Brecht biography in print. It  ...

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  ...

Dreamcatcher – Stephen King

In Danse Macabre, an engaging nonfiction exploration of cinematic and literary horror, Stephen King wrote nostalgically about the science fiction films of his 1950s boyhood. Movies like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers were  ...

Narralogues: Truth in Fiction – Ronald Sukenick

Ronald Sukenick is one of the leading lights of postmodern literature in the United States. He was a founding member of the Fiction Collective, a famed alternative press started in 1974 and still thriving. His first novel was published  ...

Eyes Wide Shut/Dream Story

Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was shrouded in secrecy and hype for so long (compounded by Kubrick’s unexpected death last March) that it was probably destined to disappoint critics and moviegoers. Predictably, the film had a stupendous opening weekend,  ...

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.  ...

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  ...

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.  ...