Ian Frazier trains his eye for unforgettable detail on Siberia, that vast expanse of Asiatic Russia. He explores many aspects of this storied, often grim region. He writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the 40-below midwinter afternoons, the bugs. The book brims with Mongols, half-crazed Orthodox archpriests, fur seekers, ambassadors of the czar bound for Peking, tea caravans, German scientists, American prospectors, intrepid English nurses, and prisoners and exiles of every kind....
"I Loved This Book"
From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke.
"Some very entertaining, some not"
One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker magazine has met this challenge more often and more successfully than any other modern American journal. Starting with its light fantastic evocations of the glamorous and the idiosyncratic in the '20s and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor, The New Yorker's Profiles have presented readers with a vast and brilliant portrait gallery.
"Exceptional writing makes this a fascinating read"
Part muckraker, part adventurer, and part raconteur, Frazier beholds, captures, and occasionally reimagines the spirit of the American experience. He travels down South to examine feral hogs and learns that their presence in any county is a strong indicator that it votes Republican. He introduces us to a man who, when his house is hit by a supposed meteorite, hopes to "leverage" the space object into opportunity for his family, and a New York City police detective who is fascinated with rap-music-related crimes.
Based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, Ian Frazier’s uproarious first novel, The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, centers on a profoundly memorable character, sprung from an impressively fertile imagination. Structured as a daybook of sorts, with the Cursing Mommy - beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys, twelve and nine - trying (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass.
"Laughed 'till I cried."
"Green", by Roger Angell; "Va Bene", by Katherine Stirling; "Going for Broke", by James Surowiecki; "Project Trinity", by Kelefa Sanneh; "A.S.A.P.", by Ian Frazier; "The House Behind a Weeping Cherry", by Ha Jin, and "When Soldiers Return" by David Denby.
"A Man, A Plan", by David Remnick; "Two Bejars", by Kelefa Sanneh; "Scrimmage", by James Surowiecki; "The Prince's Gambit", by D. T. Max; "Back to the Harbor", by Ian Frazier; "Cops and Cons", by Nancy Franklin; and "Out There", by Anthony Lane.
"Spare us your editorials and horrible editing"
"Buildings and Books", by Ian Frazier; "The Hillary Show", by Ken Auletta; "Inheritance", by Ian Parker; and "Disconnected Man", by David Denby.
"Just Married", by Amy Davidson; "Operation Steinway", by Michael Schulman; "Apologia", by Jeffrey Frank; "Covert Operations", by Jane Mayer; and "On the Prison Highway", by Ian Frazier.
"Terrible quality control"
"The Pirates' Code" by James Surowiecki; "On Impact" by Ian Frazier; "Forbidden Fare" by Orhan Pamuk; "If I Vanished" by Stuart Dybek; "Fractured Franchise" by Louis Menand.
"In Search of a Strategy", by Steve Coll; "S'long Jeet", by Roger Angell; "Phi Beta Football", by John McPhee; "The Antidote", by Ian Frazier; "Freedom Fighter", by Alexis Okeowo; and "Young Love", by Anthony Lane.
"Business as Usual", by George Packer; "Only Disconnect", by Evgeny Morozov; "Hidden City", by Ian Frazier; "Four Legs Good", by Caleb Crain; and "New Love", by Anthony Lane.
"Wider War" by Dexter Filkins; "Poll" by Ian Frazier; "The Disruption Machine" by Jill Lepore; "Liner Notes" by George Saunders; "The Id Girls" by Nick Paumgarten; "The Skeptic" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"High Costs" by John Cassidy; "Wanted: S.W.F., Loves Keef" by Shauna Lyon; "Bella vs. Betty" by Kate Julian; "Strangers in Paradise" by Janet Malcolm; "Downpaging" by Ian Frazier; "Greensleeves" by Helen Simpson; "Proud Flesh" by Rebecca Mead; and "Prettier Pictures" by David Denby.
"Table Talk", by Steve Coll; "Steamed", by Ben McGrath; "Out of the Bronx", by Ian Frazier; "Working Titles", by Leslie T. Chang; "Dear Leader", by Wyatt Mason; "Screen Shot", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Material Girls", by Anthony Lane.
"Oh, Shut Up", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Woolly", by Ian Frazier; "We Have No Bananas", by Mike Peed; "The Toppling", by Peter Maas; and "Look Again", by David Denby.
"Pride and Prejudice", by Margaret Talbot; "Mad Men", by Ben McGrath; "A Way Out", by Adam Gopnik; "All Together Now!", by Lauren Collins; "A Fish Out of Water", by Ian Frazier; "The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934", by David Means; and "Watching the Detectives", by Nancy Franklin.
"Smoke on the Water", by David Remnick; "Dream On", by Ben McGrath; "Everything, Everywhere", by Michael Schulman; "Home Economics", by James Surowiecki; "The Other Obama", by Lauren Collins; "By the Foot", by Ian Frazier; "Advanced Placement", by Janet Malcolm; and "Class Acts", by David Denby.
"Long Engagements", by George Packer; "The Toll", by Ian Frazier; "Spirit Guide", by Kelefa Sanneh; and "Moon Man", by Adam Gopnik.
"Behind the Curtain", by David Remnick; "Local Hero", by William Finnegan; "Better, Faster, Stronger", by Rebecca Mead; "Contract City", by Tad Friend; "The March of the Strandbeests", by Ian Frazier; and "Noble Creatures", by David Denby.
"Typos in performance"