Nan Goldberg

Is There an E.L. Doctorow in the House?

By Nan Goldberg

Is There an E.L. Doctorow in the House?
Throughout his career, E.l. Doctorow has written some of the best fiction critic Nan Goldberg has read. But his latest novel, ‘Andrew’s Brain,’ seems outdated and irrelevant.Read More

Gary Greenberg Psychoanalyzes Psychoanalysis

By Nan Goldberg

Gary Greenberg Psychoanalyzes Psychoanalysis
Gary Greenberg evaluates the process of creating the bible of the American Psychiatric Association in his new book. He finds the profession seriously unhinged.Read More

How Michael Lavigne Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Suicide Bomb

By Nan Goldberg

How Michael Lavigne Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Suicide Bomb
‘The Wanting’ is only Michael Lavigne’s second novel, but you can pick out his signature style. Horror and humor are coiled around each other like the strands of DNA’s double helix.Read More

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