Wednesday, May 13 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Like a cover letter, the epigraph must take me to the textual meat without giving me reason to discard the sandwich altogether.
Monday, April 13 2015
A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.
Thursday, April 9 2015
We have here the post-apocalyptic wanderer, able to go anywhere because there’s nowhere he belongs.
Wednesday, March 25 2015
Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Guy Kawasaki defines “good stuff” to post online, and how to really get more followers. (Hint: don’t pay for them!)
Wednesday, March 11 2015
Gay Berlin reveals a vibrant gay rights movement that flourished in Germany a hundred years before Stonewall.
Wednesday, March 4 2015
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.
Monday, March 2 2015
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.
Monday, February 23 2015
A growing movement says we ought to help our kids lead riskier lives with the intent of improving society.
Thursday, February 19 2015
A legal scholar and former journalist warns that if modern media pushes the envelope too far, we could all wind up losing.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
The Modern Library of Indonesia series offers unparalleled access to the cultural landscape of the world's fourth most populous country.
Friday, February 13 2015
This unlikely combination of a translation and memoir offers as many telling insights into the preoccupations of Jonathan Franzen as it does into Karl Kraus' life and work.
Wednesday, February 11 2015
A provocative and insightful new book challenges us to rethink our obsession with brunch, and to critically consider what this overpriced, messy meal really says about shifting class identities in today’s world.
Tuesday, February 10 2015
Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn provides exceptional analysis of the Islamic State and the broader conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Monday, February 9 2015
Religion and science, two of the great cathedrals of knowledge, are often perceived as being in a state of conflict with one another. Gingerich is of the mind that the two cannot be separated.
Friday, February 6 2015
Jill Lepore's hit new book on Wonder Woman sheds light not only on the astonishing origins of this iconic character, but also on the fascinating social and political strands of history which gave rise to her.
Friday, January 30 2015
Armstrong's women opened the same forbidden doors as Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth's, but her characters also opened those doors for other, more pressing, reasons.
Thursday, January 29 2015
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.
Tuesday, January 27 2015
This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded.