Smokin’ on the Shore
In the world of barbecue, competition burns hotter than an open pit in Abilene. It seems anyone who is even slightly familiar with the culinary tradition has an opinion about the marriage of smoke and meat—dry rub or wet, spicy or sweet, pork or beef and so on. But at “Grillin’ Read More
Marco Bellocchio’s Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno Notte) happens to be the 24th film that the 66-year-old Italian filmmaker has turned out in his 40-year-career, which began with a bang in 1965 with his critically acclaimed Fists in the Pocket (I Pugni in Tasca), a bizarre dissection of a family of incestuous epileptics at war with Read More
Heir to the Glimmering World , by Cynthia Ozick. Houghton Mifflin, 310 pages, $24.
Confession: It’s not Virginia Woolf I’m afraid of-it’s Cynthia Ozick. Even though she blurbed my last book (disclosure, disclosure) and once recommended me for a fellowship I didn’t get (thanks for the memories, Mr. Guggenheim), still I’m afraid of her. Read More
God and the American Writer , by Alfred Kazin. Alfred A. Knopf, 272 pages, $25.
You would think that Alfred Kazin, on his pleasant stroll through the upscale neighborhoods of our literature, might feel encumbered by a grandiose title like God and the American Writer , but his book is relaxed and humble in its Read More