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Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
By James McGrath Morris
Ethel Payne's gripping accounts of black life in post-World War II America provided critical information that was largely missing from mainstream journalism. [27.Feb.15]
Two Troubled People = Explosive Chemistry
Along the way to Preparation for the Next Life's dramatic conclusion, there's a good deal of lovely, Nabokovian-like descriptive writing. [26.Feb.15]
Okey Ndibe's 'Arrows of Rain' Splits Its Powerful Message
By David L. Ulin
This is a strange and at times unwieldy book. It's also smart and often deftly written, a parable of power and the humanity it strips away. [26.Feb.15]
Minae Mizumura's 'A True Novel' Makes for a Truly Engrossing Tale
This deeply engrossing and sophisticated Japanese novel unpeels itself in multiple nested narratives over its 855 page length. [25.Feb.15]
'Bitter' Is Another Brave Exploration Into the Gustatory Outlands
Jennifer McLagan loves a controversial ingredient. Her cookbooks include works on bones, fat, and the scary bits. Now it's time to get bitter. [25.Feb.15]
Reviews
Along the way to Preparation for the Next Life's dramatic conclusion, there's a good deal of lovely, Nabokovian-like descriptive writing. [26.Feb.15]
This deeply engrossing and sophisticated Japanese novel unpeels itself in multiple nested narratives over its 855 page length. [25.Feb.15]
This novel's recurring themes of discontent and rivalry dominate whatever moments of tenderness and solidarity remain after Irish village life has given way to common death. [24.Feb.15]
The story of Jean-Michel Basquiat's longtime companion lets us see him as more than merely a brilliant artist. [22.Feb.15]
Johannes Fried's erudite study traces our evolution towards reason, worldwide exploration, and rational procedures to a dynamic medieval period. [18.Feb.15]
Hugo Glass survives a brutal attack to pursue those who left him to die in this retelling, based on true events during the frontier winter of 1823-1824. [18.Feb.15]
Paul Strohm's Chaucer's Tale tells how Chaucer's fall from political favor in London elevated his literary ambitions in rural retreat. [16.Feb.15]
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it. [16.Feb.15]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By James McGrath Morris
Ethel Payne's gripping accounts of black life in post-World War II America provided critical information that was largely missing from mainstream journalism. [26.Feb.15]
By Christopher A. Brooks and Robert Sims
Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African-American man to reach international fame as a concert performer. [19.Feb.15]
Columns
Re:Print
A growing movement says we ought to help our kids lead riskier lives with the intent of improving society. [22.Feb.15]
Re:Print
A legal scholar and former journalist warns that if modern media pushes the envelope too far, we could all wind up losing. [18.Feb.15]
From The Blogs
Jennifer McLagan loves a controversial ingredient. Her cookbooks include works on bones, fat, and the scary bits. Now it's time to get bitter. [25.Feb.15]
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