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Wednesday, May 7 2014

What if an Astronaut Was Stranded on Mars?

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

‘The Fan Fiction Studies Reader’ Offers an Illuminating Overview of an Evolving Field of Study

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.


Has AIDS Been Lurking Amongst Us Since the ‘50s?

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

The Myth of a Post-Racial America Is at the Heart of ‘Blinded by the Whites’

David H. Ikard's exploration of life in "post-racial" America leaves the reader with some interesting answers and even more interesting questions.


The Magical History Tour That Is ‘Pagan Britain’

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

War Is Failure, Art Is Victory!

In Art and the Second World War, Monica Bohm-Duchen honors the unsung infantry of artists.


Thursday, May 1 2014

‘Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated & Expanded’ Makes for an Aesthetically Stunning Visual Experience

This coffee table volume is incredibly beautiful and presented in ways that online searching can’t quite match.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

Economics and Dating Have a Lot in Common with Each Other

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

On Expanding Our Field of Vision: ‘3D Cinema and Beyond’

The best essays here simultaneously engage with like-minded scholars and inform casual readers of 3D’s importance in filmmaking.


The Perils of ‘Dressing Dangerously’

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

There Isn’t a Single Insertion in ‘There Goes Gravity’ That Isn’t Intriguing

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

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Writes with Candor and Color in His Memoir of War

The first great work to begin to address this tunnel of post-911 war, from which we will eventually emerge, is Robert Gates' Duty.


What Do Jazz and Politics Have to Do with Each Other?

Veteran jazz reporter, Village Voice writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff on journalism, jazz and the First Amendment.


Thursday, April 24 2014

The Butterfly and the Scorpion: ‘Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake’

This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality


‘The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson’ Is a Revelatory Dissection of What It Was to Be a Gay Movie Star

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

‘On Such a Full Sea’ Challenges Our Notion of Free Will, but Leaves So Much More Unchallenged

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?


Father and Son = Author and Reader in ‘A Fairy Tale’

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.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

‘Casebook’ Is an Engrossing Example of the Coming of Age Novel

Mona Simpson’s novels, always sensitive and complex, have only become more so with time, acquiring the depth only a seasoned writer can proffer.


Will Yet Another Scholarly Trip to Walden Yield Any New Truths?

This vigorous interdisciplinary approach brings a revealing new perspective to a well-worn classic of American literature.


Monday, April 21 2014

‘McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’ Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.


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