- November 29, 1999
What are a couple of smart, ironic writers doing in a place like a casino? They're (how did you guess?) losing. But their loss is the readers' gain.
- November 8, 1999
- 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.
- October 25, 1999
- Toy Story
In Michael Lewis's new book, a "Last Tycoon"-ish tale of brilliant excess, a Silicon Valley genius builds the tallest sailboat in the world.
- October 11, 1999
- 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.
- October 4, 1999
In her new book, Susan Faludi takes her reporter's microscope in search of American men. Predictably, she misses the forest for the trees.
- September 27, 1999
Frank McCourt's latest is another virtuoso display of charm and sheer likeability. But the suspicion arises: Is he really a misanthrope?
- September 6, 1999
- Hitler in Bed
Ron Hansen is a very good writer, but did we really need someone to imagine the (predictably nauseating) sex life of the personification of evil?
- August 30, 1999
Disney's controlled experiment in small-town life is both a little Utopia and a breed of fascism. But mostly, there's not enough there there.
- August 23, 1999
- Speed Read
We can't escape the accelerating pace of modern life, argues James Gleick, so we might as well enjoy it. But that doesn't leave time for much else -- say, reading.
- August 9, 1999
- Lost Generation X
Geoff Dyer's "Paris Trance" follows Fitzgerald back to France -- with ecstasy in place of vin rouge. But here, the City of Light is dimmer.