Monthly Archives: June 2010

On Nathaniel Philbrick's "The Last Stand," in Memory of George Armstrong Custer

Writing a book about Custer’s Last Stand is a bit tricky, considering you have stiff competition from Evan S. Connell’s masterpiece Son of the Morning Star (1986), but Nathaniel Philbrick’s new book, The Last Stand, just published, is an immediate … Continue reading

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Review of Nic Pizzolatto's "Galveston," a Knockout Crime Novel

I was camping in the mountains west of Cottonwood Pass, Colorado this weekend, but on Sunday the following review of mine appeared in the Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/books/stories/DN-bk_galveston_0620gd.ART.State.Bulldog.2951729.html Galveston is a terrific book, and whenever I get a chance I’m … Continue reading

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Daniel Woodrell's "Winter's Bone" Film Out and About

I’ve blogged before about Daniel Woodrell’s novel Winter’s Bone (2006): There’s a review today in the NY Times of the film version, which sounds good, gets glowing praise: http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/movies/11winter.html?hpw.¬†And being an indie film, this review is just the kind of … Continue reading

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Coen Brothers's "A Serious Man" Trumps Michael Chabon's Nostrums

So did many people read this Op-Ed by Michael Chabon in the New York Times last weekend? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/opinion/06chabon.html?pagewanted=1&hp I like Chabon’s fiction, though I usually don’t go out of my way to read it. He often comes across as rather … Continue reading

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On John Hillcoat's Film Version of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"

So it took me a while to get around to watching The Road (2009), partly because I knew it would be a grim experience. The novel is one of the few books that count as a masterpiece of the 21st … Continue reading

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