Yearly Archives: 2010

The Art of the Novella: The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth

Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer was first published in two parts in The New Yorker in 1979.  Later that year it was published in book form by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  It was the first book of his Zuckerman Bound … Continue reading

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Racing to the Bottom

Christmas Day, 1965. The night before, when my family opened our presents, I had been given by Santa Claus, a small drum set, a GI Joe, and a little plastic guitar with the faces of John, Paul, George, and Ringo … Continue reading

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The Planet Is Fine

The oil continuing to spew into the Gulf, the series of natural and man-made disasters that have struck in recent years, and the ongoing arguments over climate change have all reminded me of this classic George Carlin monologue. George Carlin … Continue reading

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