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Gary Shteyngart Super Sad True Love Story

A totally awesome printed, bound media artifact.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bret Easton Ellis Imperial Bedrooms

Rich, bored and old—the horror.

Having completed his vivisection of ’80s apathy and excess with the peerless American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis took his gleaming scalpel to literary genres, transforming conspiracy-thriller pul ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Dana Haynes Crashers

The next terrorist mastermind will be Dilbert.

When the next 9/11-style terrorist attack strikes the U.S., the plot may include bringing down commercial airliners, but it won’t be led by Osama bin Laden. Instead, the attack will be mastermin ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Alexander Zaitchik Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

Pundit pile-on!

Topic sentence: Glenn Beck is a boorish, weepy, fear-mongering, conspiracy-touting demagogue who will demonize any progressive person or group for ratings. If you’re a reader of this newspaper, ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 HENRY STERN

Peter Donahue Clara And Merritt

Love among the longshoremen.

Decades before Seattle became known for Microsoft and Starbucks, the city was a muscular place where working men labored hard. Peter Donahue’s Clara and Merritt (Wordcraft, 285 pages, $14) captu ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 HENRY STERN

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