Tuesday, July 22 2014
The mud, rain, smoke, fog, and excrement that abounded meant whatever one's rank, the weather and the smells took their toll on one's health, one's clothing, and one's nerves.
Monday, July 21 2014
Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating.
Friday, July 18 2014
There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race.
Thursday, July 17 2014
David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.
Monday, July 14 2014
Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is both a family saga and an unusual love story. It seems likely to become a classic of Caribbean American literature.
Friday, July 11 2014
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".
Thursday, July 10 2014
Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.
Monday, July 7 2014
Famous Baby is fun and funny and a bit flawed, just like its two main characters.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
The success of the 32 restless, spectral stories in Last Stories and Other Stories depends upon whether Vollmann can sustain in-depth soul-searching.
Monday, June 30 2014
Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.
Friday, June 27 2014
In this re-imagining of Laura Bridgman's life, we enter a vivid world, albeit one deprived of sight, sound, smell, and taste.
Thursday, June 26 2014
Economists routinely fail to predict GDP or oil prices, and they do even worse at boom and bust cycles. In 100 Years, they attempt to predict the future.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.
Monday, June 23 2014
Gangnam Style is only the tip of the iceberg, as this handy, lavishly illustrated introduction to Korean pop reveals.
Friday, June 20 2014
Tribal Modern neither wallows in nostalgia for a lost past, nor is fundamentally critical of processes of globalization and modernization.