Our Fathers, Ourselves & Much More

So much for your eyewitness! Psychologist Daniel Simons (The Invisible Gorilla) on the mismatch between what we see and what we think we see. Here.

Our wild and beautiful boy. Jane Kramer on Christopher Hitchens. Here. Call it saeva indignatio. Here. Plus Dennis Johnson’s encounter with the “charmingly wrecked” man with the keen bullshit detector. Here.

A slim volume of eight stories.  A review of Amos Oz’s Scenes from Village Life.

An interview with Anna Reid, author of Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-1944.

A generation and more of enabling fathers may have incited their daughters to  success.  A review of Peggy Drexler’s Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Dads and the Changing American Family.

Another view of Umberto Eco’s The Prague CemeteryHere. And of Murakami’s 1Q84. Here.

Cornell Woolrich (Rendezvous in Black) strikes again! A report on his latest story.  Here.

The National Book Critics Circles offers its annual list of the year’s best small-press books.  Here.

Strong, sensual, and satisfying journeys.  A review of Joseph Salvatore’s story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape.

Juan Pablo Villalobos discusses his debut novel, Down the Rabbit Hole, about a drug baron’s son.  Here.

From one reckless venture to the next. A review of David O. Stewart’s American Emperor:Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.

“There’s a point at which you have to move on and say of your parents, ‘These were other human beings.’” An interview with Heather Havrilesky (Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir).




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