Leave it to the late, great John Updike to offer what is one of the finest meditations on death in recent history.
Mary Robison is really fucking good. Still, I approached this new book with skepticism. Trepidation, even.
Not long ago, consumption was something you caught rather than did. That was also before summer became a verb and there was no one to haul freshly cut chard up four flights to your door.
Why didn't I mention the German photo-grapher Ilse Bing, the "Queen of the Leica"? Surely she would be Harriet Rose's role model in Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear. I love this Bing self-portrait, and have long thought it would be a great cover for a new edition of Objects. (Which is...
What do National League baseball and the short story have in common? Similar losing streaks, at least by one measure. Including last night's 4-3 loss to the American League, the National League hasn't won the All-Star game since 1996, which is the last time a short story collection--Ship Fever by...
Author of Exult, The Ultimate Rush, and It's Not You, It's Biology: The Science of Love, Sex and Relationships
"100%" is a love story, after a fashion. Or, more accurately, three loosely connected love stories, all told without so much as a drop of sentimental syrup.
The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize has announced this year's shortlist/finalists:
An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw
Ripples and Other Stories by Shih-Li Kow
Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
The Pleasant Light of Day by Philip O...
Grandpa bought the place for cheap back in the sixties, a Communist blessing. Grandpa did good for high-ranking Reds. Black-and-white photographs of him with the Chairman hang where house guests will look.