Review: SKYLARK FARM by Antonia Arslan

 The Terminated

by Christopher De Bellaigue for NY Times Books (Feb. 4, 2007)

“After a silence dictated by shame, pain and politics that lasted the better part of a century, the suffering of Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Turks and their Kurdish allies during World War I has recently become an urgent issue.”

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Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: HART CRANE edited by Langdon Hammer

Hart Crane’s Bridge To Nowhere

by William Logan for NY Times Books (Jan. 28, 2007)

“Before Hart Crane’s leap into the Caribbean that fatal April noon in 1932, he folded his jacket over the ship’s rail with impeccable manners. Striking out into the glassy sea, he was seen no more, dying younger than Byron but older than Shelley.”

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY by Michael B. Oren

Midnight At The Oasis

by Max Rodenbeck for NY Times Books (Jan. 28, 2007)

“Around the time of the War of Independence, America’s main contact with the Middle East consisted in trading Caribbean rum for Turkish opium. It’s hard not to wish, reading the epic story of this 230-year relationship, now usefully condensed into a single well-researched volume, that things could have remained as simple as the swapping of your recreational poison for mine.”

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES by Chris Abani

The Recycled City

by Karen Olsson for NY Times Books (Jan. 28, 2007)

“Chris Abani has done an end-run around the immigrant novel. In two previous books, Abani, who was born in Nigeria, traced a path from third world to first: “GraceLand,” his bustling novel set in Lagos, closed with a young man’s departure for the United States; his novella “Becoming Abigail” followed the title character from Nigeria to London.”

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: FALSE SELF by Linda Hopkins

Psycho Analyst

by Amy Bloom for NY Times Books (Jan. 21, 2007)

“If I were a snob, a liar, a drunk, a philanderer, an anti-Semite, a violent bully, a poseur and a menace to the vulnerable, I would want Linda Hopkins to write my biography.”

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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: THE BASTARD OF ISTANBUL by Elif Shafak

Armenian in Istanbul

by Lorraine Adams for NY Times Books (Jan. 21, 2007)

“There is a moral putrescence peculiar to the denial of genocide. Yet denial’s practitioners are all around us. The Sudanese government calls the butchers of Darfur “self-defense militias.” ”

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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review:THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE by Allen Rucker

A Very Bad Day

by Ada Calhoun for NY Times Books (Jan. 21, 2007)

“Allen Rucker, a baby boomer with a career as a self-described Hollywood hack, was always “an inveterate catastrophizer,” he writes in this slender memoir, anxious of having to repeat high school, of financial ruin, and of one of his sons becoming a terrorist.”

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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 9:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Article: Help, I’m Surrounded by Jerks

by Stephanie Rosenbloom for NY Times Books (Jan. 18, 2007)

“CERTAIN mortals have the power to sink hearts and sour moods with lightning speed. The hysterical colleague. The meddlesome neighbor. The crazy in-law. The explosive boss. A mélange of cantankerous individuals, they are united by a single achievement: They make life miserable.”

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Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article: A House Built Around A Tower of Books

by Elaine Louie for NY Times Books (Jan. 18, 2007)

“FIRST came the books. Then came the architecture.

Seven years ago, when Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon, partners at Office dA, an architecture firm in Boston, were asked to renovate a five-story town house in the Back Bay neighborhood, they faced a singular design challenge.”

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Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: MATTERS OF HONOR by Louis Begley

 Hurdles in Harvard Yard and Worlds Beyond

by Michiko Kakutani for NY Times Books (Jan. 11, 2007)

“Louis Begley’s latest novel, “Matters of Honor,” is a kind of pale, male version of Mary McCarthy’s novel “The Group” — moved from Vassar to Harvard, from the class of 1933 to the class of 1950-something. It is also devoid of McCarthy’s biting, satirical wit and keen eye for social distinctions; none of its central protagonists emerges as a compelling or even believable individual.”

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Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment