Lana Del Rey appeared on Saturday Night Live recently, giving two rather tentative performances that, depending on your point of view, were awkward and amateurish or shrewdly restrained and vulnerable. Del Rey, in her mid-20s, attracts polarizing opinions.
Newly graduated Afghan National Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony in Kabul on Jan. 26, 2012. As the U.S. tries to shape the ANA into an effective fighting force, the Taliban may set up an office in Qatar for negotiations.
Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 8:48 am
Like many of its readers, the novel has always lived for the weekend; historically, the workaday world of the office and factory has been considered too mundane to be of much interest.
Even less sexy to fiction than the topic of work is the topic of losing work. Being fired, losing homes to foreclosure, searching for a new job in middle age — these are the grim situations so many readers today are facing. The good news is that a few standout recent novels have ingeniously decided to tackle unemployment head-on.