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September 11, 2006
Nashville Via the L.I.E.

Nashville Via the L.I.E. Mindy Smith sings for Long Island.

September 11, 2006
The Rapture Dig In

Pieces of the People We Love is a fiercely honed album of impassioned wailing; sharp, needling guitars; and herky-jerky beats—the sound of an accomplished band perfecting their craft and engaging their detractors by ignoring them.

September 11, 2006
The Co-Kings of Rock

Local favorites the Hold Steady and TV on the Radio break out with career-making albums.

September 11, 2006
Song of Himself

No one knows how much readers anticipate Thomas Pynchon’s sixth novel—his first in nine years—more than Pynchon.

September 11, 2006
A Hard Look in the Mirror

Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery promises a dose of perspective, if only because she is willing to explore her own contradictions—and the uglier side of her vanity.

September 11, 2006
Shrink Rap

Heidi Julavits’s twisty tale of Freudian mind games.

September 11, 2006
Both Sides Now

The big questions, seen from the left and the right.

September 11, 2006
Waiting for Lefty

Frank Rich connects the dots from the Green Zone to Hollywood.

September 11, 2006
Richard Ford’s Manly Meditations

Reading Ford, you can feel uplifted and empowered in a way that might make you wonder if his books are really novels at all, and not some sublime species of self-help.

September 11, 2006
Tragicomic

Critics have already begun carping that The Illustrated 9/11 Report, a comic-book condensation of the best-selling document, created by two septuagenarian alumni of the Richie Rich comics, risks trivializing the disaster.

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