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Cormac McCarthy's The Road May Have the Scariest Passage in All of Literature

Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, makes the case.<p>Doug McLean<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Masters of the horror genre know that monsters are scariest <i>before</i> they're seen.<p>This is why the makers of <i>Jaws</i>, according to co-writer …

Heads Up: MaddAddam

<b>What are we talking about?</b><p>What are we talking about? Margaret Atwood’s third instalment in the trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and continued …

Swim On, Cheever

In honor of all the essays that have been written by ninth graders about Holden Caulfield, here’s a little book report about John Cheever’s best story, “The Swimmer.”<p>For many, the name Cheever evokes images of rich Yankees in the old suburbs of upstate New York. It’s true that much of his work …

Literature

Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Talk About 'The Act of Killing'

On paper, <i>The Act of Killing</i> is concerned with the genocide of Chinese people in Indonesia between 1965 and '66. But what elevates the film is the fact that director Joshua Oppenheimer chronicles these killings through reenactments gleefully...<p>I saw <i>The Act of Killing</i> in a small theater, with …

Filmmaking

Animated movies that are better than most live-action blockbusters

Animation

Unlocking the Truth is the Most Brutal Sixth Grade Metal Band Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever

Last Thursday, I took the L train to the end of the line to catch up with Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal trio composed of sixth graders. Some people have referred to them as "childcore," but those people probably can't play music well enough to apprec<p>Last Thursday I took the L train to the end …

Guitar

Books to Watch Out For: June

<b>“Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father” (Norton), by Alysia Abbott, out June 3rd.</b> The striking photo on the cover of “Fairyland” looks like it could have been taken a hundred years ago. It gives a sense of the otherworldly childhood that Abbott recounts in this memoir about growing up with her openly …

Books

Moscow Tries Bikes

“It’s not easy to ride a bike in Moscow,” cautioned Alexey Mityaev, the floppy-haired, jeans-wearing twenty-seven-year-old adviser to the head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, as we headed out on a test run of the city bike-share program that just launched …

Cycling

The Overwhelming Nature Of Code-Switching

Code-switching can be far from empowering. When I was 2 1/2, I was adopted from Korea. I went from one culture to another, one language to another. For me, code-switching wasn't a freedom, or a choice. It was a one-way street.<p>I wasn't aware that I was code-switching, of course. I only knew that I …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Hiking