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Sympathy for a Terrorist?

September 12, 2005
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Salman Rushdie’s latest novel wants readers to fall in love with — or at least feel sympathy for — an Islamic militant.

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Warning: Outsider Art

August 15, 2005
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An increasingly popular movement in the visual arts prides itself on picturing everything that is the raw, untutored, and irrational.

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Book Review: “The World Republic of Letters” — A Literary Demolition Derby

August 12, 2005
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An intriguingly speculative study argues that the history of world literature boils down to a power struggle between outsiders and insiders.

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Book Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Memories — Istanbul the Melancholic

July 27, 2005
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By Vincent Czyz In his latest book, acclaimed writer Orhan Pamuk has penned an intriguing memoir that focuses on his relationship with Istanbul, the city in which he has always lived. Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk. Knopf. Ottoman poets were fond of referring to Istanbul, then known to the world as Constantinople,…

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Cosmic Cloak and Dagger

July 11, 2005
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Spanish literary phenomenon Javier Marias has come up with a spy novel that is more concerned with a theoretical investigation of truth, trust, and betrayal than with cloak and dagger spying.

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Book Review: Clones R Us

June 22, 2005
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Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel explores a future that’s already happened. “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. (Knopf) By Liza Weisstuch In the popular imagination, science fiction novels are supposed to be set in the future, anywhere from two years ahead to centuries. Often, these stories ruminate on how the latest technology changes humanity and…

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Visual Arts Review: Cartoon Memoirist

June 7, 2005
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By Milo Miles Iranian expatriate Marjane Satrapi continues to expand the art of the comic book. Back in the ’40s, the long-standing prejudice that comic books were incapable of presenting serious, adult matters was exploded by such artists as Bernie Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, and Will Eisner. But the discovery of how just how uniquely valuable…

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The Silent Resistance of Words

June 6, 2005
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Albanian writer reflects on winning the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.

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Book Review: China’s Surreal Corruption

April 22, 2005
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A new novel by a Chinese dissident provides a comically stinging vision of his homeland.

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Book Review: The Art of B.S.

April 13, 2005
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A new book gives a philosophical analysis of American culture’s obsession with nonsense.

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