Friday, February 17 2017
This novel is reminiscent of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- but with a twist.
Thursday, February 9 2017
If punk died the day the Clash signed to CBS, what were Rotten, Jones, Cook, and Matlock doing reforming the Sex Pistols in 1996?
Friday, February 3 2017
These books create a visually mesmerizing mix of sci-fi and fantasy, where rocket ships cause men to stumble upon gods and monsters that occupy the distant corners of the universe.
Wednesday, January 18 2017
Chait's defense of gradualist politics-as-usual undermines the supposedly audacious achievements of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.
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.