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The Power of the Mythic Medusa in Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’

An intelligent exploration of myth, memory, and the monstrous in the feminine.

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‘Red’ Is at Once Surprising and Soothing

The story of early red dyes reveals everything about agriculture,the development of international trade, and fashion and class distinctions.

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NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis

Offensive and obscene in all the best ways, The Hepatitis Bathtub is a wild and crazy ride through punk, addiction, kinky sex and noise.

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‘Motown: The Sound of Young America’ Over-promises and Under-delivers

A Motown book that largely recounts the career of its head salesperson can’t really be seen as a definitive history of an enterprise that changed music, culture and commerce in America.

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Looking for ‘The Stranger’: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

Camus's classic has finally earned its very own biography.

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‘In Search of Lost Films’ Leaves One Imagining the Possibilities

Film critic Phil Hall searches out the stories behind the deletion of films that could be as important as those that were saved.

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Led Zeppelin Loathed, Loved, Copied, Scrutinized and Glorified

For Zeppelin fanatics, Marc Roberty’s book will become an enduring bible of the good times, the bad times and even the boring times.

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The Complicated Story of Race and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the ‘60s

In Just Around Midnight, Jack Hamilton explains what happened over the course of the '60s that turned rock 'n' roll white.

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Life and Death, Worry and Humor: On Performing Beethoven’s String Quartets

Takács Quartet violinist Edward Dusinberre takes the listener-turned-reader on a guided tour between the notes of Beethoven's bewildering string quartets.

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Restoring the ‘Women of Abstract Expressionism’

A well-designed, absorbing effort to restore women artists to their proper place in the history of the movement.

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Envisioning a World With No Need of Humans in ‘The Age of Em’

The next great era will dawn sometime in the 22nd century, its outline shaped by a disruptive technology: “brain emulation”.

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Dreaming the Book: The Works of Antonio Tabucchi and Fernando Pessoa

These writings evoke a powerful, hypnagogic imagery, presenting possible scenes from Pessoa’s impossible dreams.

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Juliet Nicolson Breaks the Cycle of Unhappiness in ‘A House Full of Daughters’

Juliet Nicolson has a storied family tree, the family writing talent, and an unhappy legacy: which she reversed.

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‘Global Undergrounds’: The Lost, Forgotten, and Hidden Places Beneath Our Feet

Readers may use their own backgrounds and interests to frame the 80 underground sites surveyed here, but the differing storytelling styles allow a few rich stories to shine through.

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‘Multiple Choice’ Is Like a Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock Painting

This sparse, abstract literary text gives us ample room to interpret and to question the very notion of interpretation.

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Sex, Lies, and Sleeping Aids: ‘Scary Old Sex’

On the whole, Heyman definitely has a sharp, witty take on heterosexual relations and is attuned to the comedy inherent in the act itself.

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On the Art of Pairing Cover Art With Literature: Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover

The kind of detail and broader thinking that goes into creating a singular design aesthetic for a Penguin series is often imaginative, clever, and beautiful.

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The Valley Unpleasant in ‘Mount Pleasant’

Ruined by blind ambition, Mount Pleasant stands as a cautionary tale to any writer possessed of more aspiration than art.

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‘Seinfeldia’: Yada yada yada ...

Seinfeld may have been “a show about nothing”, but Seinfeldia has plenty of fascinating things to say about it.

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Stephen Fry Would Love Christian Thielemann’s ‘My Life with Wagner’

Part memoir, part biography, and mostly lumbering essay, this is Thielemann imparting a Wagner fan's point of view from the conductor's podium.

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