William T. Vollmann
Books by William T. Vollmann
NPR stories about William T. Vollmann
The Los Angeles Gang Tours put a spotlight on poverty tourism, but the phenomenon isn't new. Authors writing about class have been giving views of the other side for years. Writer Leslie Jamison shares three memoirs whose accounts define the line between rubbernecking and true works of art.
Author William T. Vollmann took a deep dive into the culture of "catching out." Vollmann hopped freight trains around the United States, meeting hobos, tramps and prostitutes. He writes about his travels in Riding Toward Everywhere.
Georges Simenon's Dirty Snow, a noir chronicle of a mean, vicious soul, is anything but the feel-good read of the summer. But novelist Jim Hynes is going to recommend it to you anyway.
The reviewer offers summer reading options, including fiction, poetry and short-story collections. He suggests titles from Jane Alison, Arthur C. Clarke, William Carlos Williams and more.
Book critic Alan Cheuse includes this novel in his summer reading recommendations for All Things Considered, a series of paired stories dealing with Germany and the USSR in the 20th century.