Selected Reviews 1999-2006 is an archive of my reviews for They represent a grab bag of books, films, cable TV and PBS productions. More recent blogging and reviews can be found online at and at

—Bob Wake


America, America (1963) (film)
American Dreamer by John C. Culver & John Hyde (bio)
Brecht & Company by John Fuegi (bio)
The Birds (1963) (film)
The Browning Version (1994) (film)
Chaplin & Agee by John Wranovics (bio & screenplay)
David Copperfield (1999) (Masterpiece Theatre)
David Copperfield (2000) (Turner Broadcasting)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001) (novel)
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King (novel)
A Death in the Family (2002) (Masterpiece Theatre)
Doctor Zhivago (2003) (Masterpiece Theatre)
Drives Like a Dream by Porter Shreve (novel)
The Dying Animal by Philip Roth (novel)
Esperanza (2000) (opera)
Eyes Wide Shut by Frederic Raphael & Arthur Schnitzler (screenplay & novella)
Ex-Friends by Norman Podhoretz (memoir)
Fidelity by Michael Redhill (short stories)
French New Wave by Jean Douchet (memoir/film history)
Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis (novel)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (memoir)
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
Into the Tangle of Friendship by Beth Kephart (memoir)
Journey to Portugal by José Saramago (travel/history)
King Lear (1999) (BBC)
Last Call (2002) (Showtime)
Last Things by Jenny Offill (novel)
Lightning on the Sun by Robert Bingham (novel)
Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men by Padgett Powell (novel)
My Father, Dancing by Bliss Broyard (short stories)
Narralogues by Ronald Sukenick (essays)
The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch (novel)
Novel with Cocaine by M. Ageyev (novel)
Oblivion by David Foster Wallace (short stories)
Oliver Twist (1999) (BBC)
Omens of Millennium by Harold Bloom
The Ponder Heart (2001) (Masterpiece Theatre)
Portrait of an Artist, As an Old Man by Joseph Heller (novel)
Ravelstein by Saul Bellow (novel)
Stolen Kisses (1968) (film)
The Stones of Summer by Dow Mossman (novel)
The Suppression of ‘Salt of the Earth’ by James J. Lorence (film/cultural history)
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (novel)
Tender Comrades by Patrick McGilligan & Paul Buhle (film/cultural history)
Truffaut by Antoine de Baecque and Serge Toubiana (biography)
Under the Greenwood Tree (2005) (Masterpiece Theatre)
Until I Find You by John Irving (novel)
The Wages of Fear (1953) (film)
The Woman Who Walked to Paradise (self-help) Robert Stevens Fish
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (novel)

1 Response to “Selected Reviews 1999-2006”

  1. 1 John August 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Nice stuff, Bob, I’m glad you have resurrected it. John


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