Daily Archives: June 27, 2011

Death of a Robber Baron

H.W. Brands’ The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield is the first book in Anchor Books’ American Portraits Series, which aims to provide “tightly written, vividly rendered accounts of lost or forgotten lives and crucial historical …

Death and Taxes

Maybe the most surprising thing about David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King is how easy a read it is. At 538 pages, it’s anyone’s definition of long. Wallace’s last full-length fiction, 1996’s 1,088-page Infinite Jest, despite a meteor shower’s worth …

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