John Powers

John Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He previously served for six years as the film critic.

Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist.

A former professor at Georgetown University, Powers is the author of Sore Winners, a study of American culture during President George W. Bush's administration.

He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Sandi Tan.

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1:24pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Book Reviews

Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:19 pm

Other Press

Back in college English, I was taught that it was foolish to think that fictional characters have any reality beyond the page. You shouldn't speculate about how many children Lady Macbeth had or what job Holden Caulfield wound up doing as a grown-up.

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1:08pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Movie Reviews

An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:42 am

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1:32pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Book Reviews

Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:29 pm

Ted Lewis' gritty storytelling takes readers inside London's seedier quarters.
Soho Press

In his famous essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," Raymond Chandler put down the classic British mystery, making fun of its arcane killings and hokey air of gentility. He preferred the tough American style and praised Dashiell Hammett for, as he put it, taking murder out of the vicar's rose garden and dropping it in the alley where it belonged.

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2:59pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Book Reviews

3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

It seems like there's always some writer you're supposed to be reading. These days, it's Karl Ove Knausgaard, the 46-year-old Norwegian whose six-volume, 3,600-page autobiographical novel, My Struggle, has become a literary sensation. Over the past couple of years, I haven't been able to go to a social gathering without someone asking what I thought of his work. When I've said that I hadn't read a word, they would look genuinely startled and tell me, "You have to."

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2:13pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Television

The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

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