Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan appears in the following:

Beauty Marks: Patricia Volk's Lessons In Womanhood

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I've loved Patricia Volk's writing ever since I read her evocative 2002 memoir, Stuffed, which told the story of her grandfather — who introduced pastrami to America — as well as the rest of her family, who fed New Yorkers for more than 100 years in their various restaurants. Stuffed, ...

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'Burgess Boys' Family Saga Explores The Authenticity Of Imperfection

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

In 1846, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a famous essay called "The Philosophy of Composition," in which he sounds like an interior decorator. I say that because in the essay, Poe insists that all good writing must strive for what he calls "unity of effect." For Poe, it was important that ...

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The Apathy In 'A Thousand Pardons' Is Hard To Forgive

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jonathan Dee likes to write about rich, good-looking people falling apart — and who among the 99 percent of us can't enjoy that plot? In The Privileges, the dad of the family was a Wall Street trader, tempted by existential boredom into larceny; in A Thousand Pardons, the dad of ...

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'Lean In': Not Much Of A Manifesto, But Still A Win For Women

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg tells an anecdote in her new book, Lean In, about sitting down with her boss, Mark Zuckerberg, for her first performance review as chief operating officer at Facebook. Zuckerberg told her that her "desire to be liked by everybody would hold [her] back." I hope she's worked on ...

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A Fiendish Fly Recalls Kafka In 'Jacob's Folly'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Man awakens to find out he has turned into an insect. And the Double Jeopardy question is, "What is Kafka's The Metamorphosis?" Well, what other response could there possibly be? Kafka all but cornered the market on that verminous plot in 1915; although, after nearly 100 years, the exclusivity clause ...

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Dorothea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' Inspires The Story Of 'Mary Coin'

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I shied away from Marisa Silver's new novel because of its book jacket: a reproduction of Dorothea Lange's iconic Depression-era photograph called "Migrant Mother." You know it: the woman's strong face is worn and worried; her children lean protectively into her. Lange took the photo at a pea-pickers' camp ...

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'Diaries' Reveals New York Through The Ages

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

In New York Diaries, editor Teresa Carpenter presents 400 years of diary excerpts written by people who've lived in or just passed through one of the greatest cities in the world.

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