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Ben Hodges, ed. | The Play That Changed My Life: America’s Foremost Playwrights on the Plays that Influenced Them

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 12 February 2010 12:08

Ignition in the field of playwriting is the subject, a collection of essays and interviews with 19 contemporary American playwrights. 

 

Philip Gourevitch, ed. | The Paris Review Interviews vol. IV

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:00

book_paris.jpgVolume IV of the collected writers' interviews offers something for everyone and contains a wealth of information about how the writers work.

   

Ed Sikov | Film Studies: An Introduction

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:00

book_film-studies.jpgIt has the twin virtues of assuming nothing and building analytical skills through a series of assignments of progressive complexity.

 

 

Alexander McCall Smith | La’s Orchestra Saves the World (Pantheon)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 11 January 2010 00:00

lasorchestrasavestheworld.jpgIt's unlike any of McCall Smith's previous books and yet is perfect in its own way.

   

Jason Bitner | Cassette From My Ex

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:00

book_cassettes.jpgStories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves (St. Martin's Press)

 

Joe Pernice | It Feels So Good When I Stop (Riverhead Books)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

book_pernice2.jpgThe characters are so well-draw and, even despite their flaws, endearing.

   

Paul Auster | Invisible

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

book_auster-invisible.jpgInvisible is a fine example of what Auster does best: create a fictional world which seems more real and is infinitely more delectable than the one we poor mortals live in.

 

Stephen King | Under the Dome (Scribner)

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Written by Jesse Gernigin Wednesday, 18 November 2009 01:36

underthedome.jpgThe most obvious question for a book like this is, ‘Does it need to be this long?’ The short answer is maybe.

 

   

Mark Oliver Everett | Things the Grandchildren Should Know

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Written by Michael Morlaine Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:15

book_everett.gifThe very essence of art as therapy, Everett's music is unsparing in its honesty and unapologetic in its ambition.

 

 

Bill Willingham | Peter and Max: A Fables Novel (DC/Vertigo)

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Written by Jesse Gernigin Tuesday, 03 November 2009 02:05

peterandmax-header.jpgWhen Willingham is at his best, he is the true pied piper.

 

   

Marc Augé | Casablanca: Movies and Memory

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15:08

book_casablanca.gifAugé weaves together memoir and film criticism in 76 elegantly written pages.

 

 

Issui Ogawa | The Lord of the Sands of Time (VIZ Media/Haikasoru)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Monday, 26 October 2009 06:23

lordofsands-header.jpgMore than just your average science fiction story, it's the story of a relationship between a human and an AI Messenger, a queen fighting for her country, and the battle between the future and the past to stop the inevitable.

 

   

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