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.
Tuesday, June 7 2016
In his new book, Ali vs. Inoki, Josh Gross untangles the complicated history of the 1976 meeting of two legends -- and a failed experiment.
Friday, May 20 2016
For all that it is cold and disquieting, DeLillo's latest is also his most sincere -- his most human -- meditation on death yet.
Tuesday, May 17 2016
For all its infamy, few outside of France really understand what Charlie Hebdo is all about. A manifesto posthumously published by its editor, offers insights.
Thursday, May 12 2016
Dark and bleak, absorbing and fascinating, Dark Horse's reprint of this massive samurai manga classic deserves your time.
Friday, May 6 2016
Disaster Drawn reveals that comics may be the most useful form for witnessing war and trauma.
Thursday, May 5 2016
A growing array of America’s leading thinkers and activists have gone from critiquing the excesses of capitalism to charting the future of American socialism.
Monday, May 2 2016
The system of media and journalism on which our democracy relies is under threat. French economist Julia Cage surveys the scale of the crisis and proposes a unique solution.
Friday, April 29 2016
Many of Eco's observations read true in our hyperkinetic era of the Internet, the experience economy, the Disneyfication of entertainment, and the mega blockbuster.
Tuesday, April 26 2016
Like The Hunger Games? There are a lot of similar books that you'll love. Think The Hunger Games stories are a rip off? Read on; the same applies.
Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Thursday, April 21 2016
New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Tuesday, April 19 2016
Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.
Friday, April 15 2016
It's time to move toward an open-source model for literary and creative production, argues Illegal Literature, a provocative new challenge to traditional copyright models.
Monday, April 11 2016
Couple Mechanics is a suspenseful, moving drama about marriage, resilience, and the misogyny of faux feminist men.
Tuesday, April 5 2016
Praise for Carlo Rovelli's international bestseller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been near universal. Can the reviewers all be wrong? Yes, they can.