- March 31, 2003
- Pulling the Plug
From the wilderness (the Adirondacks) comes a voice (Bill McKibben’s Enough) telling us that the end is near unless we repent (technologically). Scientists aren’t likely to listen.
- 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.
- March 22, 1999
- "The Handyman"
- July 12, 2004
- Famous Ames
Jonathan Ames hopes to parlay his quirky downtown charisma into cold, hard cash. But can a mid-list mensch make the cultural leap?
- April 12, 1999
- Immaculate Confection
"East of the Mountains," David Guterson's follow-up to "Snow Falling on Cedars," is polished, heartwarming, civic-minded -- and devoid of mystery.
- February 28, 2005
- In the Belly of the Mouse
Recasting the business biography as a study in self-sabotage.
- 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?
- February 21, 2005
- Atrocity Exhibition
A Canadian general recounts his efforts to stop the Rwandan genocide—and then to remain sane.
- May 15, 2000
- Hideous Kinky
Having exorcised the demons of her creepy incestuous affair in a best-selling memoir, Kathryn Harrison returns to fiction to explore a creepy sexual fetish, foot-binding.
- September 30, 2002
- Natural Man
Steven Pinker aims to make the world safe for genetic scientists. But in debunking the idea of the blank slate, is he fighting the last war?