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Murder, she wrote

Interview: Tana French's deep crime novels
"It’s always more fun to write people who are really messed up or really vicious."
By: CLEA SIMON  |  August 05, 2008


Spy games

Alan Furst’s “Night Soldiers” novels
The gray afternoon, the loveless assignation, the endless bureaucracy.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 10, 2008


Flying high

Interview: Jonathan Miles’s airport novel
There’s nothing new about the complaint as literature, says author Jonathan Miles.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 02, 2008


Shaping the Crescent

The making of New Orleans
Even before Katrina wreaked its havoc on New Orleans, a popular T-shirt proclaimed the city “Third World and Proud of It,” and numerous more-literary types have long referred to it as the “northernmost Caribbean city.”
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 22, 2008


General Tso’s way

The path of a Chinese foodie
Behind every dish lies a story, and behind a cuisine, well, there may be a book.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 12, 2008


The Wire: And All the Pieces that Matter

The Wire is over, but the five-season drama lives on in the unforgettable characters and in this simmering HBO collection.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 12, 2008



Carol Gilligan steps into fiction
If ever a thinker stood for the idea of questioning authority, it was Carol Gilligan.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  January 22, 2008


Free speech

Elizabeth Little’s word games
Twenty-six-year-old author (and Harvard grad) Elizabeth Little has had a lifelong love affair with language.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 31, 2007


Making book

Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  November 14, 2007


Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

This packed two-disc set gathers all the usual suspects and more for a Tipitina’s Foundation project to rebuild Domino’s Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  October 22, 2007


Thirsty nights

Rebecca Barry’s bar stories
A man walks into a bar.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  October 09, 2007


Laotian dreams

Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri novels
Dr. Siri Paiboun has a sense of proportion.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  September 04, 2007


Bound and gagged

Lisa See gets tied up in the Qing
Girl meets boy; girl loses boy; girl wins boy back. It’s an old story, and it usually works, even when it’s set halfway around the world and the girl and boy are 17th-century Qing Dynasty aristocrats.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  July 18, 2007


Gumshoes and golems

Michael Chabon’s Alaskan-Yiddish noir
Michael Chabon has boundary issues.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 05, 2007


Walking wounded

Sarah Waters in post-WW2 England
Even those painfully aware of history may be condemned to repeat it, or at least not escape it.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  January 28, 2010
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