Books

“Yossarian Slept Here” Erica Heller Simon and Schuster, $25 “Just One Catch” Tracy Daugherty St. Martin’s Press, $35

The current state of the United States maddens Ted Rall, and in his most recent book, which touches on such problems as income inequality, political hypocrisy, crony capitalism, he seeks to enrage his readers. And he does, but not perhaps in the way he intends.

“The Book of Obama” Ted Rall Seven Stories, $14.95
    If you are an adult and you write, or even if you don’t, Stony Brook South­ampton’s Florence Writers Workshop is a trip worth considering.
It’s a Book, It’s a Periodical . . .     No, it’s the new Southampton Review, volume VI, number 2, summer 2012, 232 pages, retailing for 15 bucks and coming to you fresh and glossily printed courtesy of Stony...

 “At the Fights” Edited by George Kimball and John Schulian Library of America, $19.95    Boxing has inspired memorable prose from many gifted writers, and many of those writers have hailed from Long Island’s...

  “Killing the Messenger” Thomas Peele Crown, $26    On Aug. 2, 2007, a 19-year-old male wielding a handheld shotgun killed the editor of The Oakland Post, a small, free, weekly newspaper in California. The killer had...
    There have been several exhibitions and related events surrounding the 100th anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s birth in January. While not a cause for celebration, the anniversary of his storied death just passed on...

With his back to the dunes, Harry reclines, his still-toned legs Crossed at the ankles, On a foot-rested beach chair, Watching, on a laptop Balanced on his hard-won abs, An economist interviewed On a book talk. Offshore, roused by the...