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From Tehran to Tel Aviv: Of Crime and the Cities
Akashic Noir series continues to serve up delightful and disturbing gems that offer remarkable insights into the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities. [4.Mar.15]
Pop Punk Powerhouse
As in any scene, bands form, break up, and share the stage with each other, and the strong sense of community felt by the Lookout alums runs through the pages. [4.Mar.15]
Ruth Goodman Covers the Cold, Hard Truths of Victorian Life
By Laura Schneiderman
Without electricity, indoor plumbing or modern medicine, people toiled endlessly to survive. [4.Mar.15]
In 'Ghettoside' Murder Isn't Just a Crime, It's a Disease
Reporter Jill Leovy’s intimate and intricate story of murder in Los Angeles is part crime epic and part call to arms about a crisis decades in the making. [3.Mar.15]
Teen Bully Turned International Criminal, Who'd Have Thought?
By Carolyn Kellogg
A boy whose roommate gave him nightmares, fed him frightening foods, and beat him while listening to Jesus Christ Superstar, tracks down his tormentor. [3.Mar.15]
Reviews
Reporter Jill Leovy’s intimate and intricate story of murder in Los Angeles is part crime epic and part call to arms about a crisis decades in the making. [03.Mar.15]
This is an interesting historical survey of how Christian theologians have handled the thorny issue of truth and lies. [02.Mar.15]
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]
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
Akashic Noir series continues to serve up delightful and disturbing gems that offer remarkable insights into the world’s great (and not-so-great) cities. [03.Mar.15]
Negritude 2.0
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture. [01.Mar.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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