The Salon by Nick Bertozzi
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
A review by Rebecca Porte
Part of being a serious comics creator in a culture that doesn't take sequential art seriously often means defending what you do to people who don't understand it. While it's sometimes disheartening to see yet another talented artist deliver her great apologia to the mainstream literati, readers can comfort themselves with the knowledge that sequential art has able and loyal protectors -- and they don't look like they'll be putting down their weapons any time soon. Although a justification of his decision to work in comics may not be the sole purpose of The Salon, Nick Bertozzi's recent...
Ibm and the Holocaust : the Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation (01 Edition) by Edwin Black
A review by Jack Beatty
A shocking account of IBM's complicity with the Nazis is a reminder that people bear moral responsibility for the actions of the corporation – a point that critics have failed to grasp.
You are Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM, and you face a choice. Hitler has just come to power in Germany, and you are considering whether to direct your German subsidiary, Dehomag, to bid for the job of tabulating the results of a census the Nazi government wants to conduct. While you are making up your mind in your New York office, the local papers swell with stories of anti-Semitic outrages committed ...
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy
A review by Allen Barra
"There's nothing you could want to know about American crime in this century," James Ellroy promised me in an interview five years ago, "that you won't know by the time I've finished these books." "These" books were his proposed trilogy, "Underworld U.S.A.," of which American Tabloid (1995) was the first. I've just finished Ellroy's latest installment, The Cold Six Thousand, and he can stop right there, because he's told me everything I ever wanted to know about crime in this country and a great deal I'm pretty sure I didn't want to know and wish now I could buy back my introduction to.
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Remainder (Vintage Originals) by Tom McCarthy
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By title alone, Tom McCarthy's Remainder, a word that basically means "what's left over," sounds boring. And that's even before you consider the plot. An unnamed protagonist pays hundreds of actors to reenact mundane tasks -- replacing a flat tire, taking out the trash, over and over until each maneuver attains an aura of importance, a hint of Deep Meaning.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that "there are no second acts in American lives," a point confounded by his own best work during the Depression decade. But in our time the great exception has been Philip Roth, who has creatively reinvented himself in every decade. As he entered his sixties in the 1990s, at a time when most writers would be slowing down, he produced half a dozen of his most ambitious books, from the affecting memoir Patrimony (1991) and the outrageously brilliant Sabbath's Theater (1995) to the history-minded trilogy that began with American Pastoral (1997). In the past...