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Lenny Abramov and Eunice Park are the protagonists of the unlikely romance at the core of Gary Shteyngarts Super Sad True Love Story. He, a schleppy 39-year-old Russian-American, and she, a beautiful 24-year-old Korean-American, meet in Rome before returning to New York.
I want to write about sex and about death. Since writing was invented it is hard to think of a writer who didnt embrace these two states of the human condition.
When I was 20 years old, and a college student, I defaced a portrait of Chairman Mao. For this act, and without a trial, I was declared a political prisoner and sent to a forced labor prison in Taihu Lake, where I served in a labor reform brigadein this instance, a stone quarryfor seven years.
City Council Leader Warren Bradley: Brouhaha is one of Liverpools most colorful, vibrant, and diverse cultural celebrations. To see so many people from so many communities getting involved in activities from dance to costume-making, and from music to carnival parades, really captures what Capital of Culture is all aboutcreativity, inclusion and participation.
Sam Green, whose 2004 documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award, has a new project. Utopia in Four Movements is a live documentary. Green cues images and narrates in person while musicians, led by Dave Cerf, perform the soundtrack.
In the public eye, art theft is a glamorous crime. It is the stuff of movies and our conception of it is blurred by our cinematographic vision, one in which well-dressed gentlemen stroll into museums and devise complicated plans to steal the worlds treasures.
The book-jacket overview of The Other Wes Moore describes the kind of random-probability event that works so well in non-fiction precisely because it would work so poorly in fiction.
To most, Ralph Ellison is the author of the greatest novel by and about a black AmericanInvisible Man. To a growing throng of critics, his inability to finish a second novel more than 40 years in the making is the tragedy that defines him.
Anthony Bourdain made his name as a chef, but today can barely survive a Tuesday double shift at Les Halles, the Manhattan brasserie he helmed while writing his 2000 New York Times bestseller, Kitchen Confidential.
Sebastian Jungers newest book, War, is the story of his time spent with an American platoon in Afghanistan. Over the course of a year, Junger made five visits to the Korengal Valley, perhaps the most fiercely contested area in the entire country.
Transparent things, through which the past shines! Nabokov writes in his short novel regarding the wellsprings and pitfalls of memory.