Friday, October 17 2014
Italo Calvino offers a rarely personal, and deeply insightful, glimpse of the adolescent experience of war.
Thursday, October 16 2014
From the first selfie to the importance of jazz musicians, Steven Johnson puts a few surprises into How We Got To Now.
Written in vivid detail and expertly researched, Mike Stobbe's chronicle of the office of the Surgeon General parts the curtains on some surprising heroes and brings us to a surprising conclusion.
Lars Iyer's latest novel explores sadness and genius while contemplating the end of philosophy.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.
This real-world account of an ill-fated Yale student's life will be haunting me for many months.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
The challenges for Americans and other countries to grapple with are not economic ones, and they are not narrow, technically ‘scientific’ ones. They are moral and philosophical ones.
Celebrated book designer Peter Mendelsund considers how readers construct (or fail to construct) visual images in their minds in What We See When We Read.
Monday, October 13 2014
His Ph.D revoked, a man fueled by anger returns to an institution he despises in Primordial: An Abstraction.
What really happens when you hit rock bottom?
Friday, October 10 2014
Few authors are able to write equally well about war strategy, communism, cover crops, and postpartum depression.
Twee is about much more than DIY/Etsy, hipsters and Zooey Deschanel.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Whether it’s the recollection of Jesus’ time on the ice as a hockey player, or the confessions of a newspaper editor, Warner isn’t bound by the traditional template for short stories.
Follow author Ian Woollen's advice: "Sit back, sip your drink, and allow words and phrases such as 'sock hop' and 'fallout', 'Studebaker', and 'Red Scare' to summon up what images they will."
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Emily St. John Mandel's book about the survivors of a devastating plague is a thoughtful and original take on the post-apocalyptic genre.
In a strange sense, the yearning for meaning in each of these tales makes them feel like part of religious lore.
Tuesday, October 7 2014
This is not to dwell on narcissism, but to explore how beliefs and assumptions of appearance are put to work in this culture, and how it produces newly-anxious and increasingly insecure subjectivities.
Joining the Dan Brown school of pseudo-intellectual adventure writing, Charlie Lovett’s novel takes on one of the most fascinating conspiracy theories of all time.
Monday, October 6 2014
Images and visual culture shape our reality – in all its nightmarish, as well as hopeful, potential.
Leaving behind spectacle and sensation, Torment Saint offers a compassionate and measured portrayal of late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.