Louis Amis

The naked and the dead, Nevada-style

"The first unusual characteristic was that Hof was a self-described pimp, the owner of several brothels in rural Nevada. The second was that, by the time election day came around, Hof was dead."

When a Marxist Loses His Charm

The uruguayan Eduardo Galeano was once the author of elegant and charming journalism. Sadly, his new book is a dumbed-down travesty

Transatlantic Vanity Project

Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein's published correspondence is a phoney exercise in literary bitchiness and mutual back-slapping

Posthumous Wisdom

A prodigious command of English, ingenious playfulness, an obsessive eye for detail: David Foster Wallace's essays trump his novels

Not for the Fastidious

Nicola Barker's The Yips is a mass-casualty train wreck. Pity her martyred readers

Jottings of a Journeyman

The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason

Rio’s Heart of Darkness

The World cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics are an incentive and an opportunity to address inequality and drug-related violence in Rio de Janeiro. Will the state try to heal the problems in the favelas, or simply conceal them?

Guide to the Perplexed

Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Chris Andrews

The Age of Roth

The Humbling by Philip Roth

In League With the Extreme Right?

The leaders of a new anti-Islamist group insist they aren't racist or BNP members

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"