book conversations

  • June 8, 2012   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    They began as status updates on Facebook, but Lou Beach came to see something more in the short pieces he was writing — a new form of short story, in fact. And it’s an interesting and compelling approach, indeed, in an age when books, blogs, tweets and more all coexist and tell stories in different ways.
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  • February 21, 2012   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Jeffrey brown talks to Roger Rosenblatt about his new book, “Kayak Morning: Relfections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats.”
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  • January 6, 2012   BY Tom LeGro 

    Mortality is a subject Joan Didion has grappled with in recent years, both in life and on the page. In the span of roughly two years, her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, and their only child, Quintana Roo, both died. Her new book is “Blue Nights.”
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  • January 5, 2012   BY Jason Kane  

    “Failure Again.” It was the working title for Stuart Altman’s new book on the latest push for health care reform. Two years after President Obama’s Affordable Care Act became law, Altman is the first to admit he happily changed the … Continue reading

  • December 16, 2011   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    The fictional voyage in Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, “The Cat’s Table,” is like one that he took long ago before becoming the much honored writer of such works as “The English Patient” and “Anil’s Ghost” and “Divisadero.” Jeffrey Brown talks with Ondaatje.
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  • December 9, 2011   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Art can soothe, it can inspire, but it also at times stirs heated passions and outright protest. Why does that happen and why in some cases but not others? That’s the subject of the new book, “Not Here, Not Now, Not That!”
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  • December 2, 2011   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the great painters in the history of Western art. He also remains one of the most mysterious and elusive of artistic geniuses. A new biography wrestles with the man, his times and his work. “Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane” is by Andrew Graham-Dixon, an art critic, historian and television host of documentaries on art for the BBC.
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  • November 11, 2011   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    Stephen Mitchell is a poet and one of the preeminent translators and interpreters of ancient and modern classics. His works include “Gilgamesh,” “Tao Te Ching,” “The Book of Job,” “The Gospel According to Jesus” and “The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke.”
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  • November 8, 2011   BY Jeffrey Brown  

    The Man Booker Prizeis given annually to a novel by an author in Britain, Ireland or one of the Commonwealth nations. It is highly prestigious, as well as often highly contentious and controversial. This year was no exception. This year’s prize went to one of Britain’s leading writers, winning for his first time, Julian Barnes.
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  • October 6, 2011   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Diplomat and author Stephane Hessel, who is also a concentration camp survivor and former French resistance fighter, wants people to get mad and fight against what’s wrong in the world, as he writes in his booklet, “Indignez-Vous!” or “Time for Outrage.” Continue reading

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