What impressed me most about these two different women is they were both products of an America which values determination and wit and intelligence, as well as opportunity.
In Washington Black novelist Esi Edugyan has defied the cliché of the escaped slave discovering freedom.
Deborah Eisenberg’s stories pull you in and imitate life in an uncanny way.
It is heart-warming that, in these “worst of times,” playwrights like Carey Crim are working quietly to give us a look at new beginnings with humor and tenderness and hope.
In the end, Philip Roth produced the greatest body of work in the 20th century since William Faulkner and Saul Bellow and I.B. Singer.
Schutt’s is an example of the kind of fiction that is being taken seriously in too many quarters in this new century, but that is not nearly good enough.
The Lyric Stage production of Anna Christie does right by Eugene O’Neill’s brilliance.
There is much to love in this Lyric Stage Company production and I recommend it highly.
To mark the hundredth birthday of Charlotte Salomon, who is emerging as one of the 20th century’s great artists, come two fabulous volumes dedicated to her work.
This superb volume is much more than a group of essays; it is a tale with a trajectory fashioned by a writer who is determined to be achingly honest.