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OLM Favorites: Learning How To Read: William Goldman’s The Temple of Gold

December 1st, 2017
OLM Favorites: Learning How To Read: William Goldman’s <em>The Temple of Gold</em>

In Stephen Akey’s personal essay, the sex and squalor of William Goldman’s The Temple of Gold appeals to the thirteen-year-old he was when he first encountered it – and prompts an adult reassessment.

Second Glance: It by Stephen King

September 1st, 2017
Second Glance: <em>It</em> by Stephen King

As a new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel It hits theaters, a critic takes another look at the novel and its underlying conflicts.

One Encounter: John Koch’s Figure on a Bed

April 1st, 2015
One Encounter: John Koch’s Figure on a Bed

In his painting “Figure on a Bed,” John Koch immortalizes the kind of private moment that’s usually lost in an instant – Brett Busang muses on one arresting piece of art.

On Reading a Five-Volume Biography of Prince Albert

January 1st, 2012

Maligned as nothing but handsome breeding stock, this German import did more to redefine the role of the monarchy than any subsequent royal, consort or king.

One Encounter: El Jaleo

October 1st, 2011
One Encounter: <i>El Jaleo</i>

What good are reproductions and what do we lose in keeping them? Our writer returns to a famous painting after a dozen years and finds more than he’d imagined

One Encounter: Eight Hours from Home

August 1st, 2008

Out of cash, out of work, bounced from his home, and lost in the world, Steve Brachmann turned to an old friend for help—W. Somerset Maugham. In this installment of our regular feature, we see how a single good book—for Steve, it was Of Human Bondage—can help right a life.

One Encounter: George & Me

May 1st, 2008

What do you do when the courageous trailblazing author who formed your youth is accused of an unspeakable crime? John G. Rodwan, Jr. does what Orwell would have done, weighed the evidence and let the chips fall where they may.

One Encounter: Thank You and Goodbye

March 1st, 2008

In February, the great pianist Alfred Brendel gave his final performance in New York City. Greg Waldmann was in Carnegie Hall to see it and in this regular feature he shares the experience.

Violent Art: On Learning to Shudder

February 1st, 2008

In this regular feature, John Cotter examines two brutal, disturbing pieces of 20th-Century German art—and they come disturbingly close to examining him in return.

One Encounter: On Packing Two Bags for Mexico

October 1st, 2007

In our regular feature, Scott Esposito expands on the sublime agony of filling a suitcase with an entire year’s worth of books.

One Encounter: On Reading Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, translated from the French

August 1st, 2007

Reading a book rendered from Polish to French to English is like playing a game of Telephone. In our regular feature, Andrew Crocker expounds on the pleasures of translations.