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Based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith January 19-23 at the Metrograph The time is ripe for Patricia Highsmith. Her greatest creation is a blond fraud and expert manipulator whose chief difference from the new American president is his infinitely superior taste in music, art, food, decorating and company (that and the openly documented murders). Toggling between identities to suit his current audience, Tom Ripley is a suave, chameleonic con artist and sociopath whose narcissistic tendencies...
In a 2007 defense of Don DeLillo’s Underworld published in The Quarterly Conversation, the young critic Garth Risk Hallberg argued that in DeLillo’s masterwork, “Here was a major novel that drew equally on the realist legacy--its ironies, historical depth, and strong point of view--and on the absurdism, historical holography, and fragmentation of the postwar fiction of social critique,” in doing so becoming the best book of its age (and one of the few to...

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