The Corrections , by Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 568 pages, $26.
All happy families are a lie. All unhappy families are a lie, too, but that’s less of a stretcher. The happy homes are also unhappy or have been or will be–and vice versa. The truth is, most human joy is generated Read More
Michael Polish’s Jackpot , from a screenplay by Mark Polish and Michael Polish, reminds me of the old joke about academic disputes being so fiercely contested because the stakes are so low. The Polish brothers do not deal with academics, but their characters–here and in Twin Falls Idaho (1999), their previous film–play for stakes so Read More