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Jules Dassin: Night and the City

In the late 1940s, Hollywood director Jules Dassin made a string of fine films noir. However, he was blacklisted and, as quickly as he could, travelled to London to continue his film career before it was put to death. There he directed 1950’s Night and the City. Today, The Criterion Collection has upgraded their old DVD release of the film, and you can pick it up in a lovely new edition. Trevor reviews the film and the new Criterion Blu-ray. Read the full post.

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CriterionCast Episode 162: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Véronique

Once again, I had the great pleasure of joining Scott Nye and David Blakeslee over at The CriterionCast, this time to discuss Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1991 film, The Double Life of Veronique. Read the full post and find a link to the podcast.

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Michael Cunningham: “Little Man”

This week’s New Yorker story is Michael Cunningham’s “Little Man.” Come join in the discussion! Read the full post.

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Anton Chekhov: The Prank

This week NYRB Classics published Anton Chekhov’s The Prank, the first book Chekhov put together and tried to publish when he was only twenty-two years old. But he failed, thanks to the censors, and the book was never published: until now, in English, the first time in any language. Translated from the Russian by Maria Bloshteyn and accompanied by illustrations by Chekhov’s brother Nikolai, The Prank is not only an important book but also an absolute delight on its own, outside of its historical magnitude and the magnitude of its author. This is no mere curiosity. Read the full post.

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Jane Gardam: “The Tribute”

Lee continues to explore the mighty works in The Stories of Jane Gardam with “The Tribute.” Read the full post.

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The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “The Beggar Maid”

Trevor and Betsy tackle the title story of Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid. Read the full post.

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Heinz Insu Fenkl: “Five Arrows”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Heinz Insu Finkl’s “Five Arrows.” Come join in the discussion. Read the full post.

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Elizabeth Taylor: A Wreath of Roses

Elizabeth Taylor has entered my personal Pantheon, largely on the strength of this single novel, A Wreath of Roses, which I think everyone should go read. Read the full post.

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The Eclipse Viewer Episode 31: Pearls of the Czech New Wave Part I

David and Trevor are back with The Eclipse Viewer 31: Pearls of the Czech New Wave Part I. Read the full post and get the link to the podcast.

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Flicker Alley’s 3-D Rarities

If you don’t know Flicker Alley, you should get to know them. They just put out a fantastic Blu-ray filled with cinematic history: 3-D Rarities. Read the full post.

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Tessa Hadley: “Silk Brocade”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is Tessa Hadley’s “Silk Brocade .” Come join in the discussion. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “Wild Swans”

Trevor and Betsy continue their work through Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid. Here are their thoughts on “Wild Swans.” Read the full post.