At the beginning of 2000 Little, Brown published "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell. It was an auspicious time for both the calendar industry and the publishing world. Mr. Gladwell had a deductive style and a teacherly simplicity that would make him one of the new century's most frequently quoted
Nick Cave, post-punk's self-styled dark prince, has long walked the razor's edge between balladry and literature. Beginning as early as 1983 with the release of The Birthday Party's "The Bad Seed" EP, which featured the song "Swampland," whose mad visionary of a narrator prefigures Euchrid Euchrow,
This week, Mayor Mike Bloomberg used choice language in describing the state of play at the World Trade Center site. Over and against those who complain that the administration has been sitting on its hands for much of the last eight years, Bloomberg demurred, “Larry [Silverstein, the developer]
After his scrappy and occasionally amusing head-banger memoir Fargo Rock City hit stores in 2001, Chuck Klosterman soon morphed from bucolic hair-metal apologist to city-slicker pop anthropologist: The native North Dakotan moved to New York and become the voice of anti-elitism at elite print-media
For two years, Rich Benjamin insinuated himself in some of the fastest-growing communities in America: “Whitopias,” places in Georgia, Idaho, Utah—and even parts of Manhattan's Upper East Side—where white people are currently migrating in massive numbers. Searching for what these "refugees
Often praised for her lack of sentimentality, Rachel Sherman doesn't hesitate to capture her characters' weird, unbecoming thoughts. She doesn't sugarcoat adolescent experience, nor does she avert her eyes from painful or explicitly sexual scenes. And sex isn't the only subject rawly depicted in her
When Harry Tichborne, at the outset of Laird Hunt's elegant novel Ray of the Star, crosses the Atlantic for an extended stay in an unnamed city, his journey seems an appropriate migration. In his pairing of somber themes and fanciful ambience, Hunt shares little with his American contemporaries and
What to do with all the empty white space that drifts over the 733 pages and nearly 200 fictions of The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis? Make origami, maybe. Like Don DeLillo, who drafted Underworld at the pace of one paragraph per sheet of paper, Lydia Davis is as much sculptor as writer.