Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.

‘Gustave Flaubert dissecting Madame Bovary’; cartoon by Achille Lemot, 1869

Flaubert, Imperfect

Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert, translated from the French and with an introduction and notes by Lydia Davis

October 14, 2010 issue

Did the Gravediggers Arrive Too Soon?

Trying to follow the impending British general election from afar, I’ve been reading The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour by Andrew Rawnsley, chief political commentator for the Observer. Eight hundred pages long, and crammed with “inside” political gossip (or credible intelligence, if you prefer), it’s a book as hard to admire as it is to put down. Though the text is bespattered with authenticating footnotes (many say no more than “Conversation, Cabinet minister”), it reads like airport fiction. Its flawed (and credible) hero is Tony Blair, its cardboard villain Gordon Brown.

April 2, 2010

‘Migrant Mother,’ Nipomo, California, 1936; photographs by Dorothea Lange. Her original caption for this photograph was ‘Destitute peapickers in California; a 32 year old mother of seven children. February 1936.’

American Pastoral

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

by Linda Gordon

Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange's Photographs and Reports from the Field

by Anne Whiston Spirn

November 19, 2009 issue

Michelle Williams as Wendy in Wendy and Lucy, 2008

Metronatural America

Wendy and Lucy

a film by Kelly Reichardt, adapted from a story by Jon Raymond

Livability: Stories

by Jon Raymond

March 26, 2009 issue

Crashing the Party

The Anglo Files:A Field Guide to the British

by Sarah Lyall

September 25, 2008 issue

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