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Name that poet

May 01, 2013 6:05pm
In a recent essay for The Millions, a literary website, humorist Patrick Wensink — honoring April as National Poetry Month — wrote about his lifelong aversion to poetry. This is where Las Vegas comes...
<p>Whitey Bulger: America&amp;#8217;s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice</p>

Book tells the convoluted tale of a gangster and his FBI pals

May 01, 2013 7:05pm
In 1999, the FBI placed four men on its Ten Most Wanted list. The first, James Kopp, who murdered an abortion doctor, was apprehended in France in 2001. The third, Angel Resendiz, a notorious serial...

Plant yourself with ‘Eating Vegan in Vegas’

Apr 10, 2013 8:04pm
Has Vegas evolved to where local diners can have one restaurant-prepared vegan meal per day for a year? That’s the premise behind herbivore Paul Graham’s new book, Eating Vegan in Vegas, inspired by...

Review: Karen Russell shows why there’s still life in the short story form

Mar 27, 2013 4:03pm
Every so often, in order to fill a few inches of space or post something to a blog, a writer will either declare that the short story is in the midst of a renaissance or that the “short story...

Review: ‘How Literature Saved My Life’ finds its author desperate to escape his numbness

Mar 20, 2013 6:03pm
After I got over my irritation with David Shields’ new meditation/memoir, How Literature Saved My Life, I discovered that he’d written a very sad, very lonely book. Shields seems to see himself as...

Review: ‘Going Clear’ offers harrowing look at Church of Scientology

Mar 13, 2013 3:03pm
In No Man Knows My History, Fawn Brodie’s excellent biography of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she observes that Smith’s boundless imagination would have...

Author Cory Doctorow on teen imagination, paranoia and writing

Feb 27, 2013 5:02pm
In Cory Doctorow’s novels for young adults, teenage “techno-ninjas” do battle with the powers that be, often represented by the Department of Homeland Security. Little Brother (2008) depicted a...

Four random tidbits from the new book ‘Showgirls of Las Vegas’

Feb 20, 2013 5:02pm
• Dancing girls arrived on the Strip with the El Rancho Vegas, the very first hotel: “These proto-showgirls spent mere minutes on stage, and with contracts lasting only two weeks, they appeared to be...

Review: ‘Law &amp; Order’ creator Dick Wolf trips up on first novel

Jan 30, 2013 4:01pm
It’s highly unusual for a novel to have a cast of guest stars — usually, readers are simply treated to a host of normal (if fictional) people going about their lives. However, in Dick Wolf’s...

Review: George Saunders shows his mastery of the short story

Jan 24, 2013 3:01pm
Strange things happen in the jungle. George Saunders entered a devotee of Ernest Hemingway. He left a fan of Kurt Vonnegut.The late ironist/fabulist does not immediately come to mind when you read...