Wednesday, January 11 2017
Now, more than ever, public intellectual scientists like Dawkins are needed to counter the forces of faith, fiction, and farce dominating our so-called “post-fact” society.
Thursday, January 5 2017
Steven Galloway's sexual harassment case, and the literary establishment's response to it, reveals a lot about how much work still needs to be done in combating misogyny.
Monday, December 19 2016
Under a Trump Administration, is it better to be a rebel with a cause, or a reformer with a platform? "Red" Ellen Wilkenson's biography gives us some insight into these difficulties.
Thursday, December 15 2016
How I worry when I drink, and why Distilled Knowledge is diffuse knowledge.
Wednesday, December 14 2016
Terkel biographer Alen Wieder reminds us that if he were alive today, Studs would actually listen to the voices of the Trump voters -- all of them.
Tuesday, December 13 2016
The sixth novel in John Burdett's Bangkok detective series is a dispiriting, dismaying mess. Is there still hope for recovery or is the series in a death spiral?
Monday, December 12 2016
Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.
Wednesday, November 30 2016
Media scholar Jack Linchuan Qiu argues that slavery-like conditions, which define digital media workers, mirror the slavery-like obsessions of consumers.
Thursday, November 10 2016
Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?
Monday, November 7 2016
Crises abound in America, but while complacency won the day before, these times feel different.
Friday, October 21 2016
Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?
Wednesday, October 19 2016
Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run, is on a mission to deliver us into the paradox of holy terror.
Tuesday, October 18 2016
Harry Belafonte's life and work looms large over this moment, when artists of color are exercising their activist voices.
Monday, October 17 2016
Published just as many white American conservatives embrace a xenophobic demagogue as their savior, Hochschild’s emotive and empathic study provides guidance for how the US came to this crisis point.
Friday, October 7 2016
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.
Thursday, September 29 2016
Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.
Thursday, September 22 2016
Much of what happens to the protagonists here and in the comparable The Girl on the Train evades their control.
Friday, September 9 2016
It’s difficult to imagine today’s neoliberal universities producing anything remotely like critical theory, or even a school of thought that substantively challenges prevailing intellectual paradigms.
Wednesday, September 7 2016
Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.
Friday, September 2 2016
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.