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John Homans

February 2, 2004 | The Book Review
Bet Noir

In new memoirs, David Denby and Pete Rose explore the dark side of the American Dream. They didn’t plan to be quite so funny.

January 19, 2004 | The Book Review
Kings of America

In his new book, ex-Republican Kevin Phillips writes less a work of history than a screed and a lament. He hasn’t changed; the GOP has.

December 15, 2003 | The Book Review
Blue's Clues

A blue notebook holds the key to the overintricate plot of Paul Auster’s new novel about a blocked writer from—how did you guess?—Brooklyn.

November 24, 2003 | The Book Review
Daddy Warhol

Steven Watson’s excellent new history of Warhol in the sixties shows him as a highly permissive father in a Manhattan avant-garde sitcom.

November 3, 2003 | The Book Review

In his hilarious (often repulsive) Still Holding, Bruce Wagner devises a world of torment (and ironic Buddhist salvation) for Beverly Hills.

October 20, 2003 | The Book Review
Better Off Ted

A new biography argues that far from drowning them in domesticity, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath’s marriage enabled them to write.

October 6, 2003 | The Book Review
California Screamin'

Joan Didion has checked out of California—but as her new memoir, Where I Was From, shows, she can never leave.

September 22, 2003 | The Book Review
Fear of Flying

Jonathan Lethem’s new novel is located somewhere on a grid defined by race relations, a comic book, and spaldeens. But where, exactly?

August 18, 2003 | The Book Review
To Tie-Die For

From the colorful literature-devouring vortex that was the Grateful Dead tour emerges Max Ludington’s lucid, powerful new novel.

August 4, 2003 | The Book Review
Cassus Bellow

Why does Adam Bellow praise nepotism? He says it has nothing to do with his famous father. Really.

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