Wednesday, July 19 2017
In the wake of the 'Terrible Year', Flaubert railed against the "stupidity" of his fellow citizens. Are we any smarter 150 years later?
Tuesday, July 18 2017
A Grace Paley Reader is a powerful, captivating, and extremely relevant survey of Paley’s work from the field. It's a fine example of the personal as political.
Monday, July 17 2017
How can there be a political movement if we're unwilling to move? Algiers connects past and present for the sake of the future.
Poet and critic Jasper Bernes seeks nothing less than a complete reconsideration of poetry and art over the past 50 years in this book, which heralds the appearance of an important new voice in criticism.
Monday, June 26 2017
What was the secret of the Russian Revolution? What lessons -- both positive and negative -- does it hold for the present day?
Friday, June 23 2017
A retrospective of Manmohan Desai’s Bollywood classic Amar Akbar Anthony, and the films it has influenced, 40 years on.
Tuesday, June 20 2017
Do you think cilantro tastes like soap? Do you ever get a hit of barnyard off a fine Bordeaux? Flavor will end up taking wine snobs down a peg while lifting up everyone else.
Monday, June 19 2017
The ad hominem argument, traditionally considered a logical fallacy, has gained a cultural acceptance and a widespread tacit approval that boggles the mind.
Tuesday, June 13 2017
We may be one nation in America, but today we appear to be living on different planets.
Friday, June 9 2017
Although their writing styles and life experiences differ greatly, Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown each has illuminated what it means to be a woman -- and a lesbian -- in contemporary American society.
Wednesday, June 7 2017
The poor workplace conditions that led to this tragedy have been outsourced to places like Bangladesh, where similar factory tragedies happened as recently as 2013.
Tuesday, June 6 2017
Fifites' jazz and the Beat Generation are often linked. Aside from the drug use, however, this new book on the history begs to differ.
Monday, June 5 2017
Ichi-F is rich in detail and strikingly perceptive in analysis, and yet it oddly supports the nuclear industry even as the radiation continues to take its toll.
Tuesday, May 30 2017
Fickelgrubers, Prodnoses, and Slugworths: modern candy "freak" Eugene J. reflects on the science behind the literary legend, Willy Wonka.
Monday, May 22 2017
Wherein Hamlet is no longer a neurotic male in princely guise but a woman invested with an identity crisis.
Friday, May 19 2017
Harry Hill pulls funny faces and he does stupid things. But these are things I like in a comedian (as opposed to, say, a US president).
How Norman Mailer, while preparing 1979's The Executioner's Song, collaborated with Jack Henry Abbott and opened doors that should have remained shut.
Monday, May 15 2017
In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.
Tuesday, May 9 2017
Middle of the road Kollywood’s strange obsession with bestiality through the ‘Stockholm syndrome’ demands attention.
In a world stripped of enjoyment -- a fractured existence broken on the wheel of pointless progress, determined domination, and wasteful and wasted work -- pleasure becomes the most determinate form of rebellion and liberation.