Articles tagged china, history, travel

‘Brief Histories of Everyday Objects’ Ponders, What’s Up With the Toothbrush?

In comic form, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects puts everyday objects under clever ideological scrutiny.

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The Absolution of Paul Theroux’s ‘Saint Jack’ in a World Lacking Irony

The narrative of Paul Theroux's (and later Peter Bogdanovich's) Saint Jack offers a palliative to the high-priced hedonism taking place in an American-owned compound in Singapore.

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A Kick Ass/Kick Arse Depiction of the Stylish Mods in ‘60s England

Jim McCarthy and Kevin Cross, writers and graphics artists from either side of the Atlantic, join forces to create a candid tale of the Mod scene.

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The Mexican Journey That Made One of the 20th Century’s Finest Writers

Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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Criterion Draws Fresh Restorations From Welles With ‘Chimes at Midnight’ and ‘The Immortal Story’

In his late period, Orson Welles was just getting started.

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Tower Records in a Nutshell: ‘All Things Must Pass’

A nostalgic and warm look at a defunct record chain that brings the real substance and heart of the rise and fall.

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The Sustaining Lure of the Paris Commune

Today's equivalent to the Paris Commune is a New York in which Zucotti Park did not merely occupy Wall Street but burned it to the ground, hung the bankers, and opened the borders.

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How Does the Mind of the Political Reactionary Work?

Mark Lilla notes in The Shipwrecked Mind, “Apocalyptic historiography never goes out of style.”

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‘Night and Fog’ Continues to Haunt

Alain Resnais' documentary remains a landmark depiction of the Holocaust, having lost none of its power six decades on.

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Prepare to Be Logofascinated by Paul Anthony Jones’ ‘Word Drops’

What conversation wouldn’t be improved by the inclusion of the word kummerspeck, which is defined as “excess weight gained through comfort eating” but literally means “bacon-grief”?

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‘Cyberspies’: Our Chapter Is Still Being Written

Cyberspies traces the history of computers and their relationship to espionage beginning with World War II code breaking to the present day's bulk data collection.

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Terrence Malick’s American Genesis: ‘The New World’

Terrence Malick's esoteric take on the Pocahontas legend is a feat of cinematic philosophy.

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‘Track Changes’: History Written on Glass

A dense, scholarly history of machine-made literary magic: effortless revisions, swappable files, perfect printouts, and what authors did with them.

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This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture

How we feel and think about our bodies "has shifted across times and cultures, taking and losing definition due to any number of forces and trends-philosophical, religious, cultural, technological."

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A Smart But Brief Look at the Undervalued Half of the World’s Population

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? is a sharply written book on economics for people who aren't economists.

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Finding the ‘Art’ in Historical Fiction and Narrative History

Christopher Bram's sincere love for historical storytelling is contagious.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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‘The Statesman and the Storyteller’: The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience

Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.

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Who Doesn’t Love the Smell of New Book?

"The sensual experience of reading still exerts its hold on us, as does the desire to represent and display our knowledge, attitudes, and passions on our bookshelves."

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