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August 10, 1998
As L.A. Dying

In "Ecology of Fear," Mike Davis takes cruel pleasure in describing the disasters -- natural and man-made -- awaiting the Pompeii of the Pacific.

August 3, 1998
Art Isn't Easy

Stephen Sondheim, whose landmark musicals include "Company" and "Follies," gives a biographer good cause to call him Broadway's master of ambivalence.

June 15, 1998
Commercial Fiction

In Richard Powers's "Gain," capitalism itself is the main character, and selling soap has never been so interesting.

June 1, 1998
In Brief: "Cold New World"
June 1, 1998
In Brief: "Bridget Jones's Diary"
June 1, 1998
In Brief: "The Meaning of It All"
June 1, 1998
Best Western

Just when it seemed his "Border Trilogy" had thundered out of control comes Cormac McCarthy with a novel that lassoes the first two neatly.

May 18, 1998
The Norman Heart

"The Time of Our Time" is Mailer's compelling, exhausting anthologized account of Mailer's boxing match with history.

May 18, 1998
Shorts: "The Knife Thrower"
May 4, 1998
Boyish Smarm

There's wit and good writing aplenty in Nick Hornby's "About a Boy." But the plot is a well-worn homily of emotional growth.

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