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Photography: A World to Warhol

In 1982, before it was hip, fashionable, or barely possible, Andy Warhol tripped off to China with young photographer Christopher Makos, who documented the fabulous but anonymous Andy in Mao land.

Poetry Roundup

Gaius Valerius Catullus…we laud the caustic wit and cloacal satirist for his love, sorrow and outsized audacity.

Poetry: Rounding Out the Edges

In A Man of Letters in the Modern Age, Allen Tate makes the compelling argument that great poetry emerges at the edge of a belief system or way of living that has fallen short.

Poetry: Before- And After-Image

Kenneth Patchen’s reputation as a proto-beatnik poet, visual artist, activist, jazz performer and all around bohemian emanates an aura of saintliness.

Fiction: Illness as Metallurgy

There’s chaos in Pisstown tonight.

Fiction: Two Halves of a Whole

Messing’s debut novel unfolds in two rotating narratives of one woman’s life, one of her lonesome present and the other of her lucidly recalled childhood.

Fiction: Who, You?

The flap of your book identifies you as a “post-modern legend,” which I’m not sure how to take, so it is with some apprehension that I flip to the beginning of You.

Nonfiction: Legends from the Levant

Amin Maalouf is a Lebanese-born journalist who immigrated to France in 1975 to escape his country’s civil war. A world-renowned novelist, essayist, historian, journalist, and librettist, Maalouf bridges East and West through his exploratory writing about Arab culture.

Nonfiction: Beauty, Old Faithful

With his most recent theoretical construction, Eyes Upside Down, P. Adams Sitney, author of Visionary Film, reveals an intricate matrix of aesthetic attributes with Ralph Waldo Emerson as its core source.

Nonfiction: The Cold Hard Facts of Home

The scene opens with a flourish of horns, strings, and cymbals, on a panoramic strip of sun-dappled Tennessee forestland.

Nonfiction: How a Stroke Became Genius

Engel is a Canadian detective novelist, and one morning in the summer of 2001, as he tries to look at the newspaper, he can't recognize the letters.

Prose Roundup

Full of innovative stylistic flourishes and classic noir motifs, Abraham Rodriguez’s new crime novel South by South Bronx is infused with the right balance of new and old.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2008

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