Monthly Archives: June 2011

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 …

Rick Perry for President?

You know it’s presidential election season when talk shows, political blogs, and pundits are well into the winnowing process for potential candidates. With the nation’s economy stuck, public pessimism and oil prices growing, and President Obama looking potentially vulnerable, the …

The Houston Kid

Success made Rodney Crowell,but in a roundabout way. The Texas musician, known as a songwriter’s songwriter, has written a memoir about his childhood in Jacinto City, a working-class neighborhood on the Houston Ship Channel. Crowell’s literary voice is witty and …

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