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Wells Tower Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Stories to pillage by.

There’s a great moment in “Retreat,” a new short story by Wells Tower. Two brothers have been out deer hunting on a chilly island in Maine. They haven’t bagged anything, and th ...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

Nick Flynn The Ticking Is The Bomb

Torture ticks him off while his daughter’s on the way.

In 2007, writer Nick Flynn was one of a handful of artists asked by a team of lawyers to act as witnesses in the interviewing of Abu Ghraib ex-detainees. In his second memoir The Ticking Is the Bomb, ...   More
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

Elizabeth Gilbert Committed

The bother of being the bride.

Despite the seeming breach between her explorations of the masculine for Esquire and GQ and her two most recent, hypergabby love-lost-and-found memoirs, Elizabeth Gilbert has always written about what ...   More
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Neverending Story

Various bits of information about the Moth.

A brief intro: Storytelling is, of course, the oldest of arts—it’s the only way most of us understand anything, science included (tectonic plates become players in epic struggles, nova&rsq ...   More
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

William Langewiesche Fly By Wire

Accounts of collective feel-good moments being notoriously slushy, it is a relief when William Langewiesche’s Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson (Farrar, Straus and Gir ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 AARON MESH

Matthew Flaming The Kingdom of Ohio

The secret, sordid origins of...Toledo?

Life before the internal combustion engine was no damn fun. That, along with a vague sense of disquiet, is the thrust of The Kingdom of Ohio (Amy Einhorn Books, 322 pages, $24.95), the debut novel of ...   More
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Profile: Jay Ryan

Meet the king of warm-and-fuzzy rock posters.

One Jay Ryan poster is worth a thousand essays on indie rock. The Chicago-based screenprinter defines the music of the Decemberists, Modest Mouse and the Shins with acrylic drawings of bears, weasels, ...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 AARON MESH

Jennifer Burns Goddess Of The Market

Ayn Rand’s prickly life.

I was first gulled into reading Ayn Rand’s books the same way a lot of overachieving high-school kids were: by the promise of money. The conservative political foundation Rand started years ago ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Paul Mccartney: A Life Peter Ames Carlin

A McCartney bio takes superfans a step beyond the Beatles.

Does the world really need another book about Paul McCartney? By now the story of the Beatles has been picked apart from every conceivable angle, from Peter Brown’s insider’s tale The Love ...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Tom Krattenmaker Onward Christian Athletes

Is Christianity’s monopoly in sports evangelism fair?

Is free speech really free in a publicly owned and paid-for venue? That seems to be the question driving Portland writer Tom Krattenmaker’s Onward Christian Athletes (Rowman & Littlefield, 212 p ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

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