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‘The Age of Lovecraft’ Wonderfully Elucidates the Central Dilemma Posed by Lovecraft

The Age of Lovecraft asks readers to weigh his undeniable revulsion toward non-white, non-male bodies against his vision of a cosmos indifferent to all humans.

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‘Bukowski In a Sundress’ Is a Book You Should Judge By Its Cover

Kim Addonzio's memoir in essay ain't no summer beach read. Be very happy.

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Instant Photography Before the Digital Era

The Polaroid cameras brought instant gratification to photography long before the digital era.

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On Saul Bellow’s Artful Two-mindedness

There may be simply too much to think about, but Saul Bellow certainly made a valiant effort over the course of his long career.

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What Fills the Empty Spaces in ‘City Squares’?

Squares are the empty hearts of cities waiting to be filled by individual and public meaning.

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Kathryn Harrison and the Relative Safely of Middle Age

Kathryn Harrison's middle-aged transgressions in True Crimes are less egregious than those of youth. And that's a good thing.

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Tolstoy, Rasputin, and Teffi, One of Russia’s Greatest Woman Writers

Teffi’s genius lies in applying a light, ironic and at times satirical flair of humour to deeply serious subjects

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‘Avedon / Warhol’ Is an Astute Juxtaposition of the Two Brightest Stars in the Gagosian Galaxy

Gagosian has a clear-eyed, bird’s eye view on perhaps the most self-evident yet severely complicated relationship in modern art history.

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Charles Bukowski’s ‘On Love’ and ‘On Cats’

Bukowski's voice and style swung wildly over his lifetime, and collections varied considerably in quality depending on the whims of editors

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Was Frederick Douglass America’s First Media-savvy Political Activist?

The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.

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‘Keith Richards: A Life in Pictures’ Makes Addictive Eye Contact With the Living Legend

A lot of rock stars are hard to look at, either because when one gets up close you can see they've got simply too much crazy-eye, or dead-eye, or entitled-eye.

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Questioning Authenticity and Narrative Performance in Dodie Bellamy’s ‘When the Sick Rule the World’

A new collection of writings by one of the progenitors of the American New Narrative movement is stylistically impressive, but lacks engagement with its subject matter.

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Christopher Hitchens’ Posthumous Anthology, ‘And Yet…’, and Yet There Is More

Why reprint what's already available, as done here, if a bounty of miscellanea is still uncollected?

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‘LEGO Star Wars’ Is a Photographic Wonderland

Vesa Lehtimäki's collection of photographs featuring LEGO toys in inventive situations is an inspiring and innovative collection.

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Paul Theroux’s ‘Deep South’ Takes Us Inside America’s Third World

After a career spent traveling the world, Paul Theroux makes a revelatory journey through the blighted, wounded, struggling, well-armed, and resilient small towns of the American South.

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Peaches and Dreams: On Tour and Out and About With Peaches

Berlin-based photographer Holger Talinski captures the 'magic and the realities' of Peaches on tour in What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches.

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From Vienna to Schoeller: The Revivals of Expressionism

The exquisite close-up technique of Martin Schoeller hearkens back to the thriving artistic times of Vienna circa 1900.

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On Tony Judt’s Endless Train

Be suspicious of romantic narratives, Judt reminds us, for they will only derail our understanding, and take us nowhere.

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‘Teaching Plato in Palestine’ Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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The Visual Enchantment of Music Photography

Sometimes photographs tell stories that music cannot fully articulate, carrying in their grain long-gone atmospheres.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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