Only in John Updike’s universe could a person be prim about dental procedure:
?Let?s have lunch,? he begged. ?Or is your mouth too full of Novocain??
?He didn?t use Novocain today,? she primly told him. ?It was just the fitting of a crown, with temporary cement.?
Perry Anderson tackles Living to Tell the Tale, comparing Garcia Marquez’s life against Mario Vargas Llosas.
David Edelstein and A.O. Scott square off over the Biskind book, comparing it against J. Hoberman’s The Dream Life.