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Category Archives: Novels

A Hard Softness: Julia Margaret Cameron and Afterimage

The new Julia Margaret Cameron show at the Metropolitan Museum is everything Cameron herself was not: small, orderly, and understated. Yet it’s far from being a trifle. Even in a … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

A Novel of War Crimes and Punishments

“If everyone could be there just once, to see for themselves what white phosphorous does to the face of a child, or what unspeakable pain is caused by the impact … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Jack Kerouac, Middle-Aged Woman?

Imagine Jack Kerouac as a pretty, middle-aged woman. Can you do it? Is your brain boiling and steam coming out of your ears yet? Given Kerouac’s much-documented sexism and position … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · 11 Comments

South Africa’s Disgrace in Words and Images

How do great literature and great photography enhance each other, and what can each do that the other can’t? Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 8 Comments

Fact versus Fiction in a Novel Package of Women Photographers

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’m currently writing a historical novel with a photographic theme. So naturally, whenever a novel about photography is published (which seems to be … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 13 Comments

Moved by Reading

All the people heralding the death of the novel clearly haven’t traveled on the New York subway lately. People are using their daily commutes to read—and not just James Patterson … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

Love on the Front Line

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about master printer Pablo Inirio and Magnum Photos in which I promised to review the new novel Waiting for Robert Capa. … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · 4 Comments