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.
Wednesday, August 31 2016
Joel Selvin’s new book digs deep into the seventh circle of rock music’s hell.
Friday, August 19 2016
Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.
Tuesday, August 16 2016
The Olympic Games have been avid partners with society’s reactionaries: patriarchal men, white colonial elites, fascist politicians, and now neoliberal corporations.
Friday, August 5 2016
Chuck Klosterman’s new book succeeds by failing spectacularly.
Tuesday, August 2 2016
To a post-apocalyptic population, merely explaining scientific and technological facts about our situation won't help. We'll need a guidebook.
Wednesday, July 27 2016
A growing array of writers are challenging previously dominant tropes of misogyny, sexuality, and whiteness; 40 of them can be found here.
Tuesday, July 26 2016
Philosophers at Table declares Cartesian dichotomies the ruin of food, with delicious results.
Wednesday, July 20 2016
Less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income -- We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands.
Thursday, July 14 2016
Whether new worlds are created with the stroke of a keypad or the waving of a placard, both reflect the human capacity for growth, for reinvention, for hope.
Wednesday, July 13 2016
Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.
Friday, July 8 2016
Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.
Tuesday, June 21 2016
Even if you've seen The Hunger Games films dozens of times, the books will reveal character complexities that were left out of the film adaptations.
Monday, June 20 2016
Sounding more like Christopher Hitchens than a lapsed Presbyterian from the 19th century, Mark Twain rips apart Testaments Old and New.
Wednesday, June 15 2016
History of science professor Dr. Jessica Riskin examines how we banished agency from the science of living things.
Friday, June 10 2016
Postmodernism seeks to disrupt the grand narrative, and expose the artifice of writing. Dissected, its innards revealed, this resembles geometry.
Thursday, June 9 2016
From deafness to gender identity, teen manga offer rewarding and complex treatments of fraught issues.