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Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity

In a sense, panic is an imprecise word to describe the emotion of financial crashes; paranoia better suits.

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24 Mar 2009 // 9:59 PM

Last Lion by Peter S. Canellos

If you want a peek inside America's royal family, this is a must-read, with details that only Boston Globe reporters could know.

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Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1964 by Susan Sontag

Sontag's journals suggest that the self is a conditional and transitory creation; elusive and slippery as an artful lover who wants to be a writer.

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Blind Man with a Pistol: Ishmael Reed’s Misguided Pow-Wow

Anyone who has witnessed affirmative action policies in play can tell you that bad apples are chosen to fulfill a quota, not unlike a cop who harasses every citizen who bears a vague resemblance to a wanted suspect.

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Best Food Writing 2008, ed. Holly Hughes

Molecular gastronomy? Check. Locavores? Check. Post-Katrina restaurant recovery? Cloned meat? Paeans to the wonders of pig? Check, check, check.

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The Best of Sexology, ed. Craig Yoe

In1933 Gernsback published a pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-scientific magazine devoted to sex and all its mysteries, vagaries, varieties -- not to mention all its anxieties.

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The Letters of Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg was hyperaware of the frequent charge that Beat poetry was little more than improvised mumbo jumbo baked from jazz records and marijuana smoke.

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New Stories from the South 2008: The Year’s Best

Flannery O'Conner's hauntingly gothic South meets the modern American search for meaning in yet another superb edition of this series.

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10 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Arcade Fire and H.G. Wells: The Lies Machine

Pop music may still travel in revolutions, but not along a fixed course maintaining an even degree of distance from its point of origin. Like a moon intolerant of its gravitation pull, each cycle drifts us further and further from the cycle before it.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps by

The good stories are terrific reads and the not-so-good stories are never dull.

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Songs, Swoosh-ified

The quintessential element of the digital audio revolution is the creation of the ‘random’ button, that default 'shuffle function', which renders us no longer creators of mix-tapes, but consumers of playlists.

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4 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Portable Atheist

Sectarian strife, an historical constant, and its images of suicide bombings, occupation, and crumbling civil societies are sadly ubiquitous and have fueled the passions of the “New Atheism”. This will not soon abate.

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24 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Comic Art 9

Stack this book next to Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art and McCloud's Understanding Comics -- or rather, don't stack it at all, but keep it right next to your desk where you can find it at a moment's notice.

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14 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Lead Us Not Into Speculation, Nor Excessive Computation

A prominent philosopher argues that you, me, and everyone you know may be an artificial computer-simulation of a person.

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Sleaze Artists by Jeffrey Sconce

It must surely be daunting for any young film scholar with an interest in trash to come face to face with the volume of academic work that’s been done on once-disreputable movies.

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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Granta Book of Reportage by Ian Jack

In an era of media overload and addiction to the immediate, he's demarcating a space for the measured, thoughtful, and in-depth narratives that can only be put together by the man (or woman) on the ground.

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29 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Agnostic Reader

The book would have benefited from more dedicated considerations of the implications of doubt for human understanding and action. Aside from the final section, these concerns were not much in evidence.

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25 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Living Blue in the Red States by David Starkey

The best of these essays acknowledge the false dichotomy of red and blue, confront personal biases, and outline the disillusionment of the left at both the right and itself.

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16 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Read Rage

Moving others to constructive action, whether by persuasive or expository means, as Gutkind has done with Rage and Reconciliation, is the hallmark of socially-engaged literature.

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Truth or Dare: A Book of Secrets Shared by Justine Picardie

This is less about confession, and more about who these writers are and how they got that way.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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