- September 28, 1998 | The Book Review
- Last Year's Model
Jay McInerney's "Model Behavior" is a retelling of a certain eighties novel about Manhattan high life -- but with book critics as villains. Mere coincidence?
- July 12, 1999 | The Book Review
- The Unredeemed
In a world obsessed with self-help, personal growth, and happy endings, David Gates's stories are realistically, refreshingly bleak.
- November 8, 1999 | The Book Review
- Call Me Mrs.
"Ahab's Wife," the latest in the emerging genre of footnote fiction, doesn't add much to Melville's masterpiece. On its own terms, though, it's surprisingly successful.
- June 15, 1998 | The Book Review
- Commercial Fiction
In Richard Powers's "Gain," capitalism itself is the main character, and selling soap has never been so interesting.
- February 2, 1998 | The Book Review
- Tough Chaps Don't Dance
In "Night Train," Martin Amis wanders into a dark alley: His novel about hard-bitten American detectives is a stiff.
- October 19, 1998 | The Book Review
- Updike at Ease
In "Bech at Bay," John Updike takes aim at German tourists and literary-world pomposity, among other targets. He's a good shot -- but they're still fish in a barrel.
- March 22, 1999 | The Book Review
- Lewinsky in Oz
Dorothy had ruby slippers; Monica had presidential knee pads. Dorothy had the wicked witch; Monica had Linda Tripp. Guess who the wizard is.
- October 11, 1999 | The Book Review
- Bad Aptitude
Is the S.A.T., instituted to create a fairer society, having the opposite effect? That's Nicholas Lemann's conclusion in his excellent new book.
- April 6, 1998 | The Book Review
- Buyer's Remorse
The products have forsaken the consumers in Douglas Coupland's oddly old-school dispatch from the McAbyss.
- January 11, 1999 | The Book Review
- Gore Text
An anthology spanning 50 years of Gore Vidal's smart, gossipy, opinionated prose reveals this acerbic writer -- whatever literary form he chooses -- as a people person.