Somewhere at the intersection of practical science, high art, dorm room philosophy, and idiosyncratic star-making exists the journalism of Lawrence Weschler, a longtime New Yorker writer and the current head of New York University's Institute for the Humanities. As a sculptor of his own career, he
Had the filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino been born a few decades earlier, he'd have enjoyed widespread Stateside buzz. His 2008 Cannes prizewinner, Il Divo, would've been an art-house smash, and this year he would've done still better, with the Sean Penn vehicle This Must Be the Place. Nowadays, however,
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To the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Brooklyn was a target of both strategic and tactical significance.
One of the protesters' early frustrations was that to the extent they were getting any play in the mainstream media, it portrayed them as white children of privilege, lacking in diversity.
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The problem with Occupy Wall Street, an investment banker wrote to me, is that financial mechanisms are very complicated, and the protesters don't understand them. On the day that the New York occupation of Zuccotti Park spread to Washington Square, another visitor from finance looked out over the
Describing Joshua Cohen's wonderful and elliptical novel A Heaven of Others is a bit like attempting to rehash an acid trip—no analysis can quite do justice to the feel of the experience. The premise: Jonathan Schwarzstein, a young Israeli boy, is blown up by a suicide bomber, and accidentally martyred
In 2009, journalist Simon Kuper drew wide attention with the publication of Soccernomics, co-written with economist Stefan Szymanski, which explored the ways statistical analysis could explain the odd phenomena of the beautiful game. His timing was impeccable: In the last few years, as companies like
Northwestern University Press, in a fine translation by Suzanne Jill Levine, has just released The Lizard's Tale, an unfinished novel by José Donoso first published in 1997, eleven years after the author's death. Donoso, a Boom writer and Chile's most important novelist until Bolaño, wrote The Lizard's
In the world of the teenager, time doesn't march forward, but oozes lazily. Wes, the sixteen-year-old protagonist of Jesse Browner's fourth novel, may be rapidly gathering the faculties of a grown-up, but he's still very much stuck in the mindset of an adolescent, in which an hour feels as long as
In Errol Morris's new collection of essays on photography, he details the controversy over the New York Times's misidentification of a torture victim in a notorious Abu Ghraib photograph. In the image, a hooded man draped in a poncho stands on a box, arms out, wires connected to his fingertips in an
Destiny, the 18-year-old protagonist of "Muscle Memory," one of Katherine Karlin's best stories, is determined to become a welder. With her family's stability demolished by Hurricane Katrina, Destiny has taken the lowest paying job in the shipyard, overseeing equipment sign-out to help support herself