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January 11, 1999
"The Orchid Thief"
January 11, 1999
"Amsterdam"
January 11, 1999
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.

January 11, 1999
"The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium"
October 19, 1998
In Brief: "Filth"
October 19, 1998
In Brief: "In the Shadow of the Moons"
October 19, 1998
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.

October 19, 1998
In Brief: "Pure Drivel
October 5, 1998
Well Red

Philip Roth revisits the Red-scare fifties and finds the same old stories of passion and disillusionment -- but told in rhetoric that's a weird American poetry.

September 28, 1998
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?

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