Friday, May 9 2014
Snappy, moving, inquisitive, and ethical, this examination of how the Czech lands coped under fascism, communism and capitalism, confronts Czech complicity.
Thursday, May 8 2014
Once we set aside our own prejudices, pleasures are found in another's thoughts, as Unlearning with Hannah Arendt so elegantly shows.
Michael Tomasello offers many stimulating anthropological perspectives that he wrings out of current research to create a dense account of the current thinking on thinking.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
Andy Weir's sci-fi novel is a rocket ride of page-turning suspense and survival -- it's Gravity meets the red planet.
Tuesday, May 6 2014
Hellekson and Busse introduce key concepts clearly and without unnecessary jargon, and they select arguably the most important and influential works on fan fiction to date.
Many shoddy theories exist about the origins and evolution HIV/AIDS. Dorothy Crawford's work examines both in great, nail-biting detail.
Monday, May 5 2014
David H. Ikard's exploration of life in "post-racial" America leaves the reader with some interesting answers and even more interesting questions.
Shedding light into passage tombs, beheaded skeletons, and runic scratches, Hutton stays sober but spirited as he takes us through thousands of years of enigmatic, jumbled remains.
Friday, May 2 2014
In Art and the Second World War, Monica Bohm-Duchen honors the unsung infantry of artists.
Thursday, May 1 2014
This coffee table volume is incredibly beautiful and presented in ways that online searching can’t quite match.
Wednesday, April 30 2014
Paul Oyer’s use of terms like "settling", "utility", and "market" make clear that dating can be seen as a type of business transaction. Is that so bad?
Tuesday, April 29 2014
The best essays here simultaneously engage with like-minded scholars and inform casual readers of 3D’s importance in filmmaking.
Jonathan Faiers explores the "negative cinematic wardrobe" through a detailed reading of classic and mainstream films of American and British cinema.
Monday, April 28 2014
An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.
Friday, April 25 2014
The first great work to begin to address this tunnel of post-911 war, from which we will eventually emerge, is Robert Gates' Duty.
Veteran jazz reporter, Village Voice writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff on journalism, jazz and the First Amendment.
Thursday, April 24 2014
This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality
Beyond tales of who slept with whom and who wrecked whose marriage, this is a unique character study of Henry Willson, who was a genius in his own right.
Wednesday, April 23 2014
What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head?
Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out.