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  1. [+]
    Aaron's Rod (Review)
    Brooklyn Boy, by Alan Lelchuk
    1. Brooklyn Boy by Alan Lelchuk
    The New Republic, February 5, 1990, pp. 38-39
  2. Books
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    The Alchemist's Retort (Review)
    Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
    1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1996, pp. 106-107
  3. American Energies (1992)
    Essays on Fiction
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  4. [+]
    Apocalypse Now (Review)
    Almanac of the Dead, by Leslie Marmon Silko
    1. Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
    The New Republic, November 4, 1991, pp. 39-41
  5. [+]
    The Art of Absence (2 Reviews)
    The Continuous Life, by Mark Strand
    1. The Continuous Life by Mark Strand
    2. Selected Poems by Mark Strand
    The New Republic, December 17, 1990, pp. 36-38
  6. An Artificial Wilderness (1987)
    Essays on Twentieth-Century Literature
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  7. [+]
    Bleak House (Review)
    Affliction, by Russell Banks
    1. Affliction by Russell Banks
    The New Republic, September 11, 1989, pp. 38-41
  8. [+]
    California Dreaming (Review)
    Breakers, by Martin Walser
    1. Breakers by Martin Walser
    The New Republic, December 28, 1987, pp. 40-41
  9. [+]
    Chekhov in Chicago (Review)
    Noble Rot, by Richard G. Stern
    1. Noble Rot by Richard G. Stern
    The New Republic, February 20, 1989, pp. 46-49
  10. [+]
    Cogito and Dubito (Review)
    The Death of Descartes, by David Bosworth
    1. The Death of Descartes by David Bosworth
    The Nation, May 8, 1982, p. 567
  11. Crimes of the Mind
    The New Republic, April 3, 1989, pp. 39-40
  12. [+]
    Crimes of the Mind (2 Reviews)
    The Execution of Justice, by Friedrich Durrenmatt
    1. The Execution of Justice by Friedrich Durrenmatt
    2. The Assignment by Friedrich Durrenmatt
    The New Republic, June 5, 1989, pp. 39-40
  13. Criticism
    Close Listening
    The Harpers Monthly, January 1993, pp. 86-94
  14. [+]
    Cultural Hierarchies (Review)
    Highbrow/Lowbrow, by Lawrence W. Levine
    1. Highbrow/Lowbrow by Lawrence W. Levine
    The Partisan Review, Spring 1990, pp. 317-320
  15. [+]
    Deaths in the Family (Review)
    Past Continuous, by Yaakov Shabtai
    1. Past Continuous by Yaakov Shabtai
    The New Republic, May 27, 1985, pp. 34-35
  16. [+]
    Denis Donoghue's America (Review)
    Reading America, by Denis Donoghue
    1. Reading America by Denis Donoghue
    The Partisan Review, Summer 1989, pp. 495-498
  17. [+]
    Down By Law (Review)
    A Frolic of His Own, by William Gaddis
    1. A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
    The New Republic, February 7, 1994, pp. 27-30
  18. [+]
    Dream Factory (Review)
    Butterfly Stories, by William T. Vollmann
    1. Butterfly Stories by William T. Vollmann
    The New Republic, April 11, 1994, pp. 40-43
  19. [+]
    Family Secrets (Review)
    Before and After, by Rosellen Brown
    1. Before and After by Rosellen Brown
    The New Republic, November 2, 1992, pp. 40-42
  20. Forum: What Are We Doing On-Line?
    The Harpers Monthly, August 1995, pp. 35-49
  21. [+]
    The Fragile Net (Review)
    The Stories of Heinrich Boll, by Heinrich Boll
    1. The Stories of Heinrich Boll by Heinrich Boll
    The New Republic, April 7, 1986, pp. 28-29
  22. [+]
    A Gatsby for Today (Review)
    The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Atlantic Monthly, March 1993, pp. 122-125
  23. The Gutenberg Elegies (1995)
    The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age
    6 Reviews, 1 Readable
  24. [+]
    Harmonic Convergence (Review)
    The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers
    1. The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
    The New Yorker, January 13, 2003, p. 85
  25. [+]
    The Haunted House (Review)
    The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien, by Oscar Hijuelos
    1. The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien by Oscar Hijuelos
    The New Republic, March 22, 1993, pp. 38-40
  26. [+]
    Heir Apparent (Review)
    Midsummer, by Derek Walcott
    1. Midsummer by Derek Walcott
    The New Republic, January 23, 1984, pp. 31-33
  27. [+]
    High-Culture Hustler (Review)
    The Great Pretender, by James Atlas
    1. The Great Pretender by James Atlas
    The New Republic, May 12, 1986, pp. 35-36
  28. [+]
    His Master's Voice (2 Reviews)
    Poems, 1959-1979, by Frederick Seidel
    1. Poems, 1959-1979 by Frederick Seidel
    2. These Days by Frederick Seidel
    The New Republic, April 23, 1990, pp. 40-42
  29. [+]
    House of Games (Review)
    Life: A User's Manual, by Georges Perec
    1. Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
    The New Republic, February 8, 1988, p. 38
  30. Books & the Arts
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    Infinity of Inwardness (Review)
    Stories in an Almost Classical Mode, by Harold Brodkey
    1. Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey
    The Nation, October 17, 1988, pp. 348-350
  31. The Internet & American Culture
    The Net and the Self
    National Review, July 28, 1997, pp. 32-33
  32. [+]
    Invisible Man (Review)
    Divine Days, by Leon Forrest
    1. Divine Days by Leon Forrest
    The New Republic, May 31, 1993, pp. 42-43
  33. [+]
    London Psycho (Review)
    The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, by Paul West
    1. The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper by Paul West
    The New Republic, May 6, 1991, pp. 37-39
  34. [+]
    The Lone Soul State (Review)
    The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy
    1. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
    The New Republic, July 11, 1994, p. 38
  35. [+]
    The Luxuries of Detail (2 Reviews)
    What the Light Was Like, by Amy Clampitt
    1. What the Light Was Like by Amy Clampitt
    2. Blessing by Christopher Jane Corkery
    The Partisan Review, Winter 1986, pp. 144-150
  36. [+]
    Middleton and Menashe (2 Reviews)
    Two Horse Wagon Going by, by Christopher Middleton
    1. Two Horse Wagon Going by by Christopher Middleton
    2. Collected Poems by Samuel Menashe
    The Partisan Review, Fall 1987, pp. 647-649
  37. [+]
    The Modern Mariner (Review)
    The Tidewater Tales, by John Barth
    1. The Tidewater Tales by John Barth
    The New Republic, August 10, 1987, pp. 35-36
  38. Books & the Arts
    [+]
    Moral Interrogations (Review)
    Dead Alive, by Eva Demski
    1. Dead Alive by Eva Demski
    The Nation, December 6, 1986, pp. 644-645
  39. [+]
    Myth and Mortal (Review)
    Dialogues with Leuco, by Cesare Pavese
    1. Dialogues with Leuco by Cesare Pavese
    The Partisan Review, Winter 1992, pp. 155-160
  40. The State of Poetry
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    New Poetry from England, Ireland, and Scotland (3 Reviews)
    Selected Poems, by Tony Harrison
    1. Selected Poems by Tony Harrison
    2. War Music by Christopher Logue
    3. Selected Poems, 1968-1983 by Paul Muldoon
    The Partisan Review, Summer 1988, pp. 484-489
  41. [+]
    No Exit (Review)
    Concrete, by Thomas Bernhard
    1. Concrete by Thomas Bernhard
    The New Republic, August 13, 1984, pp. 37-39
  42. [+]
    Not Quite Pakistan (Review)
    Shame, by Salman Rushdie
    1. Shame by Salman Rushdie
    The Nation, December 10, 1983, p. 608
  43. [+]
    O Albany (Review)
    Quinn's Book, by William J. Kennedy
    1. Quinn's Book by William J. Kennedy
    The New Republic, June 27, 1988, p. 41
  44. [+]
    Off the Road (2 Reviews)
    Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956, by Ann Charters and Jack Kerouac
    1. Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956 by Ann Charters and Jack Kerouac
    2. The Portable Jack Kerouac by Ann Charters and Jack Kerouac
    The New Republic, April 24, 1995, p. 43
  45. [+]
    Ogres and Oracles (5 Reviews)
    Reconsideration: Michel Tournier
    1. Friday by Michel Tournier
    2. The Ogre by Michel Tournier
    3. Gemini by Michel Tournier
    4. The Four Wise Men by Michel Tournier
    5. The Fetishist by Michel Tournier
    The New Republic, February 11, 1985, pp. 39-42
  46. [+]
    On Little Cat's Feet (Review)
    The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America, by Martin Amis
    1. The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis
    The New Republic, January 26, 1987, pp. 36-37
  47. Books & the Arts
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    Our Words Stand (Review)
    Your Native Land, Your Life, by Adrienne Cecile Rich
    1. Your Native Land, Your Life by Adrienne Cecile Rich
    The Nation, June 7, 1986, p. 797
  48. [+]
    The Plot Sickens (Review)
    The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy
    1. The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy
    The New Republic, April 13, 1987, pp. 31-33
  49. [+]
    Postmodern Picaresque (Review)
    Moon Palace, by Paul Auster
    1. Moon Palace by Paul Auster
    The New Republic, March 27, 1989, pp. 36-39
  50. [+]
    Private Destinies (Review)
    Light Years, by James Salter
    1. Light Years by James Salter
    The Nation, June 19, 1982, p. 755
  51. [+]
    Rage and Return (Review)
    The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987, by Eliot Weinberger and Octavio Paz
    1. The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987 by Eliot Weinberger and Octavio Paz
    The New Republic, March 14, 1988, pp. 36-39
  52. Readings
    The Electronic Hive - Refuse It
    The Harpers Monthly, May 1994, pp. 17-19
  53. Readings
    Losing Ourselves in Biography
    The Harpers Monthly, March 1995, pp. 24-25
  54. Books
    Rereading: Love's Wound, Love's Salve
    The American Scholar, Autumn 2001, pp. 132-137
  55. Revision
    On the Road to Nowhere
    The Harpers Monthly, July 1989, pp. 74-76
  56. The School of List
    The New Republic, October 13, 1986, pp. 28-32
  57. [+]
    Southern Breeze (Review)
    Sportsman's Paradise, by Nancy Lemann
    1. Sportsman's Paradise by Nancy Lemann
    The New Republic, May 18, 1992, pp. 48-49
  58. [+]
    Southern Discomfort (Review)
    High Lonesome, by Barry Hannah
    1. High Lonesome by Barry Hannah
    The New Republic, February 10, 1997, pp. 40-41
  59. [+]
    A Started Miniaturist (Review)
    Selected Stories, by Robert Walser
    1. Selected Stories by Robert Walser
    The Nation, October 2, 1982, pp. 312-313
  60. [+]
    Staying Power (Review)
    The Sixties: The Last Journal, 1960-1972, by Edmund Wilson and Lewis M. Dabney
    1. The Sixties: The Last Journal, 1960-1972 by Edmund Wilson and Lewis M. Dabney
    Dissent, Fall 1993, pp. 564-566
  61. [+]
    A Swiss Master (Review)
    Bluebeard, by Max Frisch
    1. Bluebeard by Max Frisch
    The New Republic, July 11, 1983, pp. 32-34
  62. [+]
    Ties That Blind (Review)
    Born Brothers, by Larry Woiwode
    1. Born Brothers by Larry Woiwode
    The New Republic, September 12, 1988, pp. 47-49
  63. [+]
    An Uncommon Mystery (Review)
    The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
    1. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    The New Republic, September 5, 1983, p. 36
  64. Notebook
    When First I Knocked
    Dissent, Fall 1998, pp. 95-101
  65. No Items Found