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American culture, with equal doses of insight and humor.

Writing compelling copy about the country’s largest Christian rock festival takes a rare breed of writer. Infusing the power of shared human experience and the complexity of multigenerational    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

Tips for trips from the hubby of Ken Kesey’s ex.

The most interesting gem unearthed in James Fadiman’s book The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide? Francis Crick, discoverer of DNA, perceived the double-helix shape while tripping balls on acid. The    More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MAGGIE SUMMERS

Chuck Palahniuk Damned

Butter rum Life Savers, and other visions of hell.

As the setting for a Chuck Palahniuk novel, hell seems strangely overdue. The Portland-bred novelist specializes in damaged protagonists in vile scenarios—people well deserving of eternal damnati   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Susan Orlean Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean’s new shaggy dog story.

A more precise title for Susan Orlean’s new Rin Tin Tin book might have been The Lives and the Legend, seeing as the most cherished German shepherd in show business had at least 11 manifestations,   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AARON MESH

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker says humanity is improving.

One of the signal pleasures of a nostalgic soap opera like AMC’s Mad Men-—or, more recently, ABC’s Pan Am—is the consistent appeal of discovering that our predecessors’ morality is roundly   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Vernor Vinge The Children Of The Sky

A Hugo Award-winning novelist goes to the dogs.

Almost two decades have elapsed since Vernor Vinge won the Hugo Award for his epic 1992 space opera, A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to Tines World with a sequel, The Children of the Sky (Tor, 4   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Q&A: Chuck Klosterman

Interviewing Chuck Klosterman is an intensely meta experience. For one thing, he’s an interviewer of some renown himself: His profiles on everyone from Britney Spears to Billy Joel to Steve Nash    More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side

Eighty-nine years of trans-Atlantic tragedy.

Irish writer Sebastian Barry—twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, called by Salon “the best prose writer in the English language”—is one of the most ambitious writers today. His new b   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Neal Stephenson Reamde

Neal Stephenson writes another big black book.

Neal Stephenson’s new novel is a departure from the epic science-fiction sagas with which he transformed the genre in the 1990s and 2000s. Like some of his previous books, Reamde (William Morrow,   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Time After Time

Our top picks for the second week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.

Mike Daisey, All the Hours in the DayMike Daisey is, at various times, an improvisational storyteller, a big-hearted observer, a lonely expositor of self or a sweat-drenched haranguer from the stage   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff
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