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Off The Road: Kerouac’s Northport Life

People don’t associate Jack Kerouac with Long Island. The latter, in the postwar era, became the symbol of suburbia. Kerouac’s 1956 novel, On The Road, on the other hand, became the voice of postwar restlessness....

Man With A Plan: George Marshall Was A Statesman For The Ages

Who can forget the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan? The viewer is taken into the office of Gen. George Marshall, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff. All of the Ryan brothers, save one, have...

Walk Like A Man: The Early Novels Of Richard Price

In the movie adaptation of Richard Price’s 1973 novel, The Wanderers, the opening scene shows a character from the film, Joey Capra, racing through the hallways of a large Bronx public high school while the...

Literature Buffs: Novelists Confront The Sixties And Seventies

For American literature, the 1960s began on a melancholy turn. The early years saw the passing of four greats of modernism: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, William Faulkner and T.S. Eliot. The decade itself began on...

Book Roundup: Liberals Confront A Fallen World

The election of Donald Trump has inspired a small library of books, many of them written in a state of anger. Adam Gopnik’s A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism is written in the...

Children’s Book Series Tackles Explaining 9/11 To Children

Kristie Kiernan-Bouryal was working in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. As she arrived at work to news that hijackers had crashed a pair of planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, she knew...