Thursday, April 20 2017
Christopher Knight disappeared into the woods at the age of 20 and returned at 47 without a masterpiece, without a testimony of life’s greater purpose, without anything profound to convey.
Wednesday, April 19 2017
It was the year of the African American, not the LGBTQ, at the Academy Awards -- we can't have both. Perhaps the new hashtag should be #Oscarsoblackandwhite.
Tuesday, April 18 2017
On the comparative merits of Eleven Madison Park versus Alinea, on the occasion of Eleven Madison Park being named the best restaurant in the world.
Monday, April 17 2017
In light of the decrees and executive orders signed thus far by Donald Trump, we might reasonably ask: is fascism relevant to America's current political state?
This book is about true believers who kept the torch burning for “authenticity” in folk music at any cost; even if it meant cultural appropriation and commercial compromising.
Monday, April 10 2017
The Play That Goes Wrong aims for oversized laughs via an outlandish caricature of a murder-mystery performed within.
The lessons of the Vietnam peace movement are at risk of being distorted and forgotten, argues one of its founding voices.
Friday, April 7 2017
What a Brazilian football player who taught a nation how to fight dictatorship can teach us in the Age of Trump.
Tuesday, April 4 2017
The researchers behind BBC's QI emerge from behind the scenes to inform, entertain and tease via their award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish.
Wednesday, March 29 2017
Jordan Flaherty's No More Heroes argues that the greatest danger to progressive movements often comes from within.
Thursday, March 23 2017
Jason Reid’s Get Out of My Room! takes us inside the private enclaves of the adolescent being, revealing both individual and collective anxieties and expectations.
Wednesday, March 15 2017
Does Humpty Dumpty freak you out more or less than salmonella? Bloomsbury's Object Lessons books offer fodder for daily mindfulness.
Friday, March 3 2017
Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is a multi-generational look at the little-known plight of Koreans living in Japan.
Tuesday, February 28 2017
A review of Schadenfreude, a Love Story, including some personal observations and self-identification that connect to a memoir with a really long title and lots of German words
Monday, February 27 2017
Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.
Monday, February 13 2017
Mario Cuomo once said that candidates campaign in poetry then govern in prose; Trump’s utterances, however, might better be characterized as speaking in tongues.
Thursday, February 9 2017
Did Shakespeare predict Trump? No. That's ridiculous. He just wrote a play about a thin-skinned, petty, self-aggrandising narcissist whose poor leadership drove an empire to ruin. Totally different.
Monday, February 6 2017
I suppose sometimes a cake is just a cake, but more often than not, it’s not.
Wednesday, January 25 2017
Behind a veneer of youthful glamour, the Euro all but groaned under the weight of excess global capital, merciless media scrutiny, hyperprofessionalization, domestic French anxieties, and geopolitics.
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.