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Windy City
In his book, "Martin Bauman," author David Leavitt chronicles in the third person his own story of discovery, sexuality and writing. [09-11-00]
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Inside Story
In "A&R," Bill Flanagan offers an often compelling portrayal of the recording industry's unsavory underbelly. [08-28-00]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Flashman Returns
"Flashman and the Tiger" finds novelist George MacDonald Fraser's lusty, coarse adventurer Sir Harry Flashman at his womanizing, politically incorrect best. [08-28-00]
— Clea Simon, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Paris Beat
Barry Miles's "The Beat Motel," a chronicle of Ginsberg, Orlovsky, Corso and Burroughs in Paris, breaks no new ground, but no matter -- American readers are a bottomless pit when is comes to Beats. [08-21-00]
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bleak Houses
In her 1989 novel "Fludd", Hilary Mantel builds an unlikely sympathy with the often self-limiting characters. [08-14-00]
— Clea Simon, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Father's Story
"An Obedient Father," by Akhil Sharmain, in which he follows a Pakistani man through his life. [08-07-00]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Celebrity Spawn
In "Normal Girl", Molly Jong-Fast talks about being the daughter of a celebrity. [07-31-00]
— Camille Dodero, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Some Consolation
Alain de Botton's Philosophy 101. [07-24-00]
— Michael Joseph Grossa, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rumba Wars
A review of "Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos." [07-24-00]
— Banning Eyre, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

More Than Rock
A review of John Cale's autobiography, "What's Welsh for Zen." [07-24-00]
— Chris Fujiwara, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Critical Mass
A review of the Lester Bangs biography by Jim DeRogatis. [07-24-00]
— Matt Ashare, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Memory Served
In "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story," Charles Pierce recounts the effects of Alzheimer's disease on himself and his family. [07-17-00]
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Zen Mama
In "MotherKind", Jayne Anne Phillips's rich language lacks narrative momentum. [06-05-00]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Love Stories
Charles Baxter's "The Feast of Love" looks at love from all angles. [06-05-00]
— Paul Kafka, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Personal Politics
Mohsin Hamid's debut novel, "Moth Smoke," is set in Pakistan, but the contemporary story will be recognizable to Western readers. [05-15-00]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Green Pastures
Jane Smiley's "Horse Heaven" recreates the world of modern-day horse racing in persuasive detail. [05-15-00]
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Buzz Fill
In "Nobrow," John Seabrook argues that the classic definitions of highbrow and lowbrow taste have collapsed under the weight of unprecedented media. [05-01-00]
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Meta-Marilyn
Joyce Carol Oates's "Blonde," a ficticious autobiography of Marilyn Monroe, it is steeped in Oates's gothic excess and eerie description. [04-24-00]
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Half Nelson
Saul Bellow's prose is alive in his portrait of friend and collegue Allan Bloom, "Ravelstein," but in the end, the story is unsatisfying. [04-24-00]
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Name Game
Seamus Heaney's "Beowulf" and W.S. Merwin's "Purgatory" prove that nothing promotes a classic like a celebrity translator. [04-17-00]
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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