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Something Wicked This Way Comes
Sultry Idina Menzel heads back downtown and leaves her teenybopper fans behind.
Take My Book Proposal, Please!
Matt Cooper, grand-jury humorist.
Trouper: Edward Hall
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Influences: Edward Albee
A Nigerian plutocrat straight out of Harvard talks about the murderous school-age narrator of his first novel.
Roman à Clef Watch
Jennifer Jason Leigh plays an extroverted striver in Abigail’s Party. Now, that’s a stretch.
It wasn’t just E. L. Doctorow who looked into the past this year—though some didn’t look too far, with one 9/11 novel outshining the rest. Brooklyn writers kept themselves busy (when not feuding), graphic books continued to pop, Joan Didion redeemed the memoir, Mary Gaitskill made us happy-sad, and Donald Trump defended his authorial honor.
Foreign Correspondent: Said Hyder Akbar
High-Kicker: Chita Rivera
Cartoon Figure: Eliza Dushku
Two novelists find rich material in competing Soviet legacies: artistic genius and thuggish repression.
Four new books and the family issues their authors carry with them.
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The Year I Stopped Shopping, Had Lots of Sex, Cooked Street Pigeon . . .
It’s one kind of memoir that won’t fall out of publishing-world favor anytime soon: Do something kooky for a year (from transvestitism to aggressive promiscuity) and then write about lessons learned. A look at four new entries in the thriving subgenre.
How ‘The Pajama Game’ Went From Broadway to Drama Club—and Back
Cult Follower: Doug Wright
Influences: In the Men’s Room With Wallace Shawn
Off the Shelf: Colson Whitehead
The author of The Intuitionist and the forthcoming Apex Hides the Hurt tells the story behind five books plucked at random from his collection.