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? Ellroy, James.  L.A. Confidential.  New York: Mysterious, 1990. A strong case can be made that in the last quarter of the 20th century, James Ellroy has stylistically influenced the American mystery-detective novel more than any other novelist of the period.  After writing seven other crimes novels in six years,…

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? This one is timely in a very macabre way: http://americanpsychothemusical.com/?gclid=COHE0Ji2qMwCFU88gQodqhIF2w#introduction ? Ellis, Bret Easton.  American Psycho.  New York: Knopf, 1991. Brett Easton Ellis became an almost instant literary celebrity when his first novel, Less than Zero (1985), sold millions of copies and was adapted to a film released by…

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Writing for New York magazine, Ann Friedman has provided the following list of “The Queens of Nonfiction: 56 Female Journalists Everyone Should Read.” The list is organized chronologically by the illustrative selections from the authors’ work and includes links to those selections which seem to have been chosen at least…

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As a professor, I have led a fairly sedentary life. I would say that I have a reader’s physique, but I suspect that there are many thin readers—people who can read for hours without having bags or bowls of snacks within arm’s reach. Indeed, it might be a fair question…

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As women’s history month draws to a close, it seems important to highlight this sort of list. To accompany Frank Rich’s essay on Carol, the Todd Haynes adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel, New York invited 28 people to share a specific piece of lesbian cultural history that moved them most. Here are…

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For Easter, the New Yorker published an article by Jason Wilson titled “Eating the Easter Bunny.” The caption of the photo in the header functions as a sub-title: “A coveted ingredient in many global cuisines, rabbit meat has always been a hard sell among American diners.” Here are the first…

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For all but two of the titles there are links to the reviews in The Guardian and to the authors’ biographies in Wikipedia. ? A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola), translated by Daniel Hahn and published by Harvill Secker. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena…

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