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Jonathan Franzen Freedom

The family vs. freedom.


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Patty and Walter Berglund are staying frosty. Over the years, their love has advanced by the glacially slow accumulation of kindnesses and tolerance. They are helpful neighbors, listeners of NPR, tast ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

William Gibson Zero History

Branding us to death.


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For all the accolades he’s received as a visionary sci-fi author who coined the word “cyberspace” and first romanticized computer hacking, the Canadian author William Gibson is no lo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Robert Whitaker Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Yes, Tom Cruise is a loon, but he may be right about psychiatry.


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Science writer Robert Whitaker’s new book about psychiatric drugs is so depressing, readers may want to reach for a Prozac. They’d be better off ordering a dry martini. Whitaker’s t ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Mary Roach Packing For Mars

Things they don’t teach kids at space camp.


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Space urination: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Mary Roach, the intrepid reporter who dares seek out the baser realities of astronaut life. For those among us more curious about the logi ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Gary Shteyngart Super Sad True Love Story

A totally awesome printed, bound media artifact.


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You can’t help but love Lenny Abramov. It’s not just because he’s the hapless, hopelessly romantic, hilarious protagonist in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story (Random ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Sarah Davidson

Tony O’Neill Sick City

American sicko.


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You probably already know L.A. is a vast wasteland of commercialism, desperate wannabes, junkies and vapid industry zombies. But New York-based author Tony O’Neill’s going to tell you anyw ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Sarah Davidson

Frank Bruni Born Round

One man’s fight against fatness.


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Journalist and former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni has always been proficient in the language of eating. As a toddler he’d plow through two hamburgers, leaving his mouth covered ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Roxanne Macmanus

Andrew Beahrs Twain’s Feast

Terrapin soup with a side of Americana.


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For most of America’s early history, when all food was local, the best of our emergent cuisine came from the wild. But almost as soon as some of our foundational foods were born from the rich st ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Aimee Bender The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Eat it and weep.


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Aimee Bender’s new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday, 304 pages, $25.95), is based on a neat little conceit: that little Rose Edelstein, aged almost 9 years, can taste the h ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Walt Curtis

A poet/painter rises from the ashes.


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The May 2 fire that burned down Great Northwest Bookstore, where Walt Curtis lived in the basement, destroyed the Portland poet and painter’s possessions and archives but reminded the community ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 RICHARD SPEER
 

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