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Friday, January 10 2014

Affirming Affirmative Action: Randall Kennedy’s Approach to Ending Racial Disparities

With the outcome of Fisher v. University of Texas pending, the question of Affirmative Action looms over us. What is the future?


Thursday, January 9 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’, Chronicled Intelligently

Saturday Night Live and American TV is among the most thorough and engrossing chronicles of SNL’s four decades (so far) on air, giving detailed attention to each era in the program’s history.


More Double Crossing and Deceit than You Can Shake a Peppermint Candy Cane at

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries is tongue in cheek compilation that ought to become a perennial gift, no matter the occasion.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

Words Are Sexy and So Are You, Dear Reader

It's amazing how some extraordinary people with so much talent and esthetic control could be so hopeless, not to mention helpless, concerning matters of the heart.


‘Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History’ Can Be a Thrilling Journey for Those Who Dare Take It

Martin Popoff’s book is no mere photo gallery, and is much more of a thorough history of the band and their albums in prose form.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

Man Up!

The Book of Men is a wonderful anthology brimming with poignant realizations, colorful situations, and regale linguistic permutations.


‘Happy Mutant Baby Pills’ Wallows in Debasement

The thing with transgressive fiction such as this is that the writer includes the most outrageous things that he can think of at the expense of plot and character development.


Monday, January 6 2014

Morrissey As the Sweet and Tender Hooligan

Morrissey cannot square his inner discontent with his mass appeal. He peers at himself as if a specimen.


Portrait of Paul Auster as a Young Man

Report from the Interior works as a companion volume to the 2012 autobiography Winter Journal, and both books make for quality reading back-to-back about Paul Auster’s life and insights.


Friday, January 3 2014

Fans of T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ Will Enjoy ‘Novelty’s Challenges

If you care about the idea of “new”, or how "new" has influenced literature and art, then you must read Novelty.


Thursday, January 2 2014

What Happened When the War on Drugs Replaced the Great Society’s War on Poverty?

The Punishment Imperative doesn't obscure the authors' sympathy for those who have suffered during America's war on crime and drugs.


Tuesday, December 31 2013

Rob Delaney’s Zany, Surrealist, and Frequently Ribald Humor

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. is the laugh riot one would hope for, coming from Twitter comedian extraordinaire, Rob Delaney.


Monday, December 30 2013

At First ‘Raw: A Love Story’ Doesn’t Seem to Be Aiming for the Intellect

Raw digs into a world of fake tans, fake breasts and faker personalities 'til you finally realize that this is in fact satire of the highest order.


Friday, December 27 2013

Eat, Pray, Become a Scientist

Those willing to give themselves to The Signature of All Things without preconceptions will leave it feeling as if they, too, have discovered one of life’s biggest treasures.


Thursday, December 26 2013

‘White Girls’ Is a Critical Analysis of How Black Men and Women Have Confronted White Privilege

Hilton Als’ gift is his reinvention of famous figures, but from the angle of how well they succeeded or failed to confront white supremacy and privilege, or in their (in)abilities to give blacks a voice.


Tuesday, December 24 2013

‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ Is One of Those Books You Don’t Want to See End

Can a bunch of Googlers solve a mystery that book lovers have been trying to solve for over 500 years?


Monday, December 23 2013

How Did Prohibition Save Pretzels?

From the peanut butter and tomato sandwich to the reinvention of breakfast, Abigail Carroll explains the "state of the American meal" in Three Squares.


Friday, December 20 2013

Hate for Orson Welles, Italian Style

Orson Welles In Italy is a key corrective resource for an under-examined portion of Welles' career. If America was resentful of his talent, Italy was downright mean.


Thursday, December 19 2013

Want a Copy of the Wicked Witch of the East’s Death Certificate for Christmas?

The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion covers every possible aspect that might enrich Oz lore.


Wednesday, December 18 2013

Although Contemptuous of Theory, Hitler Fancied Himself a Philosopher

That such bullshit could ever be taken seriously by large numbers of German intellectuals shows that, even in highly educated circles, social and political forces easily trump reason.


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