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Walter Kirn

December 13, 2010 |
20082009: After an October Surprise

… the new president handles the financial crisis with aplomb.

November 30, 2009 |
Celestial Marriage

The Romneys experience couples’ massage.

January 3, 2000 | The Book Review
Reservation X

The Native Americans in "On the Rez" aren't noble savages, to be revered for their mystical connection to nature. For once, refreshingly, they're people.

March 13, 2000 | The Book Review

The Polish heroine of Susan Sontag's compelling new novel dreams of losing her European identity. But rebirth isn't as easy as crossing the ocean.

February 28, 2000 | The Book Review
Viral Culture

Malcolm Gladwell uses a medical metaphor to explain modern culture. And his optimism recalls that of a medical forebear: Dr. Pangloss.

February 14, 2000 | The Book Review
Heaven Can Wait

E. L. Doctorow's newest depicts a New York on its way to a spiritual awakening. But as a novel, it doesn't quite get out of bed.

January 17, 2000 | The Book Review
In Trump We Trust

We should have guessed that Donald Trump (albeit completely inadvertently) is one of America's greatest political satirists.

November 29, 1999 | The Book Review

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 | The Book Review
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 | The Book Review
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.