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Abigail B. Lind

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Lurid Tales of 'Crime' Captivate But Fall Flat

To combine this darkly fascinating subject matter with the author’s straightforward narration initially seems a kind of alchemy; von Schirach promises to extract insights about “human beings—their failings, their guilt, and their capacity to behave magnificently” from the elements of hardboiled detective novels and television serials.

Don’t Call Me Amateur

The changes that arts criticism is enduring will ultimately allow more people to engage more deeply with culture—but not without growing pains.

Four Technologies That Sound Really Dumb In Allusions In Fiction

There are a lot of impoverished writers out there with an axe to grind against the big bad Internets.

'Body' Satirizes Academia

“This is a weird town,” observes Frank, a visiting photographer, of Shirley, Vt., in Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness.”

Batuman Discusses Divides in Literature

Elif I. Batuman ’99 paused as she read from her new collection of autobiographical essays, “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.”

Chang’s ‘All Is Forgotten’ Lacks Polish and Dimensions

An important subplot in Lan Samantha Chang’s “All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost” involves a mysterious poem that is never properly finished.

‘Never Let Me Go’ Lacks Soul

Although “Never Let Me Go” remains flawed, it also demonstrates a high level of technical skill that will serve the director well if he ever learns to trust in the intelligence of his audience.

'Freedom' Captures the Spirit of Modern America

While an unassuming humanism underlied Franzen’s earlier work, the characters and places of this novel seem subordinate to his coldly rational exploration of space and independence in modern America.