The Decemberists’ album offers a lineup of tunes that would soothe Shakespeare on a balmy evening.
Old recordings of classical music may have less to teach us than many critics think. By Mark Kroll It has been more than 100 years since the first wax cylinder scratched out a reproduction of someone screaming into a megaphone, but classical music recordings still “can’t get no respect.” A common lament has been that, […]
Iranian expatriate Marjane Satrapi continues to expand the art of the comic book.
A new novel by a Chinese dissident provides a comically stinging vision of his homeland.
In this moving memoir, the daughter of celebrated psychologist Erik Erikson meditates on how fame and ego shatter the foundations of family life.
A new novel captures the atmosphere of post-1956 Hungary from a child’s point of view.
Stephen Greenblatt’s acclaimed biography of Shakespeare is filled with fascinating speculations.
Critic David Thomson says the movies have profoundly shaped America, and not always for the better
One of Israel’s foremost prose writers has penned a masterful blend of autobiography and invention. A Tale of Love and Darkness: A Memoir, by Amos Oz. Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. (Harcourt) By Marsha Pomerantz In a memoir of 538 pages, it is hard to find a single image emblematic of the […]
Veteran British journalist Barry Miles pens the definitive biography of irreverent rocker Frank Zappa. Zappa by Barry Miles. Grove Press By Milo Miles Veteran British journalist and biographer Barry Miles, who has specialized in the Beatles and the Beats, treats Frank Zappa with the same corrosive irreverence the artist applied to every subject he discussed […]