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Speaking Volumes: Sit Up and Take Notice!

Irving Penn has had one of the most remarkable careers in American photography. At the height of a pioneering and quite lucrative period spent...
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Need the Write Stuff? Paging Bob Balaban!

"Manuscript" is scripted with stolen moments. Literary larceny is what playwright Paul Grellong makes book on here, turning writers into turncoats and reading the riot...
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Speaking Volumes: Autobiographical Art

In its earliest incarnation, The New Yorker was determinedly White Anglo Saxon Protestant in intent as well as content. This was at least true...

Power in Raw Form

Some reviewers are just better suited than others for certain assignments. I've read a wide range of reviews of American Prometheus by Kai Bird...
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Speaking Volumes: Portrait of a Poet: The natural world as it affects human nature

When The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz appeared five years ago, I wrote that the central moment in the poet's life - as well...
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Speaking Volumes: (Not So) Star Struck: On ‘Baby Doll’s and spaghetti westerns

If you're in the mood for a treatise on the fine art of acting, with frequent asides about the history of the Actors Studio...
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The Breast Sort of Book

A Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon and his wife — who says it’s none of your business whether she has implants — collaborate on a book...
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Speaking Volumes

My Life in the Middle Ages, critic James Atlas’ new memoir, is the most frustrating book I’ve read recently — though I stayed with...
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Love to Hear It …

Disco Sucks!   Remember those two endearing words that capped off the "Me Decade" of the 1970s and brought some solace to the hearts of rock-music...
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A Fresh, Young Addition to Jewish Lit at Temple

Author Adam Wilson paid a visit to the Temple University students who finished out their American Jewish literature course with his first novel. Eli Schwartz,...