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Hotseat: Bad Religion Singer Greg Graffin

The Bad Religion singer explains why Paul McCartney is a nihilist.

Greg Graffin has been singing—or yelling—for decades about a lot of the ideas in his new book, Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence (Thomas Dunne Books, 320 pages, $27   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Book Review: Joy Williams, The Visiting Privilege

Not funny ha-ha.

It is a mistake to read Joy Williams’ fiction in public, I have learned—especially after a drink. Far too often her stories will catch me unprepared and leave me choking on a sentence in near-meta   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jonathan Franzen Book Club

Web editor Lizzy Acker does not hate Jonathan Franzen, but dislikes him. Arts and Culture editor Martin Cizmar does not love Jonathan Franzen, but likes him. Both read his new Big Important Book, Puri   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Book Review: Jorge Cervantes, The Cannabis Encyclopedia

Weed all about it.

Jorge Cervantes is old school. He smokes joints. He wrote a book that’s never going to make it onto Kindle. Cervantes—real name George Van Patten—is the author of The Cannabis    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 TYLER HURST

Book Review: Parnaz Foroutan's The Girl From the Garden

“Paradise is a Farsi word.”

Eden is rife with thorns in Parnaz Foroutan’s The Girl From the Garden (Ecco, 271 pages, $26.99), a lush debut novel about the pangs and triumphs of an Iranian family. Foroutan is a modern-day Scheh   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENID SPITZ

William T. Vollmann, The Dying Grass

The Oregon Dream.

William T. Vollmann is by far our most important chronicler of American darkness, and he is never far from his subject. To write a novel about transients, he lived homeless in Sacramento. He has hoppe   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Katy Simpson Smith, The Story of Land and Sea

Oh, the vapors!

Any novelist hailed as “an heir apparent to Michael Ondaatje” by author Paul Yoon and lauded as writing “a luminous debut” by Oprah’s magazine is probably doomed. Nothing can reach a   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail

Go west, old man...

Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Harper Lee's Racist New Book Shouldn't Destroy Your Love for Scout Finch

I first saw the movie To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 6 and have loved Scout Finch ever since. As a willful tomboy, she spoke to me like no other character ever had. When I was older and read Harper    More
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Ernest Cline, Armada

The Last Geekfighter.

Short of being abducted by a benevolent alien race to save the universe from imminent destruction, author Ernest Cline is living every geek’s ultimate fantasy. His best-selling debut novel, vi   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS
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