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Friday, November 3, 2017

Theater Review: “Souvenir” — An Intimate Gem by Roberta Silman

Spiro Veloudos and his talented cast has given us an evening in the theater when all that makes us human comes to the fore.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review: “Love, Madness & Scandal” — Among the Metaphysicals by Roberta Silman

The biography offers a fascinating look at Frances Coke Villiers’s unique tale of rebellion, examining the plight of one memorable woman during a tumultuous time.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Review: “Birdcage Walk” — Helen Dunmore’s Exhilarating Farewell by Roberta Silman

Helen Dunmore's astounding final novel is a fascinating take on a family of radicals living in Bristol, England during the French Revolution.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: “The Songs We Know Best” — The Youth of Poet John Ashbery by Roberta Silman

This book captures — beautifully — poet John Ashbery’s youth and dreams and struggles.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Classical Music Review: A Bleak “Black Monk” at Tanglewood by Roberta Silman

It is my sad duty to report that an evening which looked so promising was hardly a worthy homage to an important musical figure of the 20th century.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review: “Women in the World of Frederick Douglass” — Crucial Partners by Roberta Silman

Focusing on these indomitable and sometimes troubling women, Fought has written an engaging book that is compelling, sometimes even fierce.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Review: Gershom Scholem — A Rich and Complicated Jewish Life by Roberta Silman

George Prochnik's biography of Gershom Scholem is flawed, but well worth reading, especially for those struggling with their Jewish and Israeli identities.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Review: “Shooting Creek and Other Stories” — The Presence of Evil by Roberta Silman

These well-crafted stories are not for the faint-hearted.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: The “Inexhaustibility” of Angela Carter by Roberta Silman

May this superb biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, spark more interest in this amazing writer, especially in the United States.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review: “The Year of the Comet” — Surviving History by Roberta Silman

This is the work of an extremely talented writer whose prose is spare and exact and has an authenticity that marks him as the real thing.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Appreciation: The Fiction of William Trevor — A Mixture of Compassion and Horror by Roberta Silman

Reading William Trevor will enrich you in ways you cannot imagine.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Book Review: “The Menorah” and “The Book of Aron” by Roberta Silman

Two books -- one nonfiction, the other fiction -- that deal with Jewish history.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review: “His Only Son” — A Delightful Discovery from Turn-of-the-Century Spain by Roberta Silman

A splendid, absorbing read in which you feel as if you’ve been dropped onto the set of a Mozart opera.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Thomas De Quincey — A Memorably “Guilty Thing” by Roberta Silman

Frances Wilson's biography of Thomas De Quincey is superb, written with enormous empathy and insight.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: Rabih Alameddine’s “Angel of History” — Knocked Askew by Roberta Silman

This is a book about “survivor’s guilt,” and also about the terrible loneliness that comes of losing so many whom you love.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fuse Music Commentary: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute by Roberta Silman

If any of you are harboring a budding young musician either at home or school or in the extended family, investigate the possibility of he or she attending BUTI.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Fuse Book Appreciation: The Fiction of Kent Haruf — Surviving Ordinary Life with Grace by Roberta Silman

Kent Haruf's novels remind us that even in the hardest lives, there is joy, often delicate and evanescent, but joy, nevertheless.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fuse Book Review: A. B. Yehoshua’s “The Extra” — A Genius for Dissecting Family Matters by Roberta Silman

This canny writer is concerned with the kind of complicated family relationships that engaged his Jewish literary forebears.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “The Last Painting of Sara De Vos” — On Art and Forgery by Roberta Silman

You may have read similar earlier works, but Dominic Smith’s novel is in a class of its own.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Helen Dunmore’s Terrific “Exposure” by Roberta Silman

There are resemblances to Virginia Woolf not only in the terrific prose but also in Helen Dunmore’s awareness that much of family life lies in what is not said as much as in what is said.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fuse Book Review: An Uneven “Bottomland” by Roberta Silman

Perhaps in the future Michelle Hoover will let her very real talent take her into the unknown, where narrative and myth merge.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Living On Paper” — Letters From Iris Murdoch by Roberta Silman

Iris Murdoch proves a wonderful companion: funny, honest, insightful, and courageous.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Fuse Concert Review: Mirror Visions — An Extraordinary Vocal Ensemble by Roberta Silman

I urge anyone interested in the voice and or just terrific music to try to attend one of Mirror Visions' concerts.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Winter” — A Luminous Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man by Roberta Silman

This novel about Thomas Hardy becomes not only the story of an odd triangle, but also a meditation on the nature of art.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “The Big Green Tent” — Lives Lived Without Trust, Memorably Conveyed by Roberta Silman

We root for all of the ordinary folk who survived -- and are still surviving even now -- one of the bleakest and saddest periods in Russia’s history.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Living With the Spenders — Surviving an Odd Childhood by Roberta Silman

One must be impressed by memoirist Matthew Spender, who refuses to descend into resentment or anything resembling self-pity despite a very strange childhood.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Death by Water” — Imagination, Masterfully Redeemed by Roberta Silman

Death By Water plumbs the depths of the human condition in an entirely original way.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Two From Andreï Makine — A Matter of Trust by Roberta Silman

Makine may be plagiarizing himself, which is a perfectly legitimate thing for a writer to do, but scenes of spring snow and railroad stations become clichés even in talented hands.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fuse Book Review: The Resilient Wisdom of Tony Judt – For the Ages by Roberta Silman

Tony Judt is an American treasure, in time he may prove as great to our country as George Orwell and Albert Camus are to theirs.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Fuse Book Review: Admiring Anne Enright’s “The Green Road” by Roberta Silman

Anne Enright's prose, especially when she is firmly rooted in Ireland, sings; she has the ability to get the details both of setting and character, and a wonderful ear.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fuse Film Review: “Archie’s Betty” — A Charming Documentary about Comic Book Americana by Roberta Silman

Here is a terrific documentary that will appeal to people who grew up in the mid-20th century and also their children and grandchildren.

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