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Simon Spence’s Biography of the Happy Mondays Is ‘All Excess’

This is an excellent biography of the defining band of the ‘chemical generation’.

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‘Teaching Plato in Palestine’ Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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Shooting Back: Kamel Daoud’s Reply to Albert Camus’ ‘The Stranger’

There is going to be a lot of hype about The Meursault Investigation, and you should believe every word of it.

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Philip Glass Balances the Matter-of-Fact With the Metaphysical in ‘Words Without Music’

Philip Glass' memoirs handle weighty life crises and esoteric musical ideas with refreshing, no-nonsense language.

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‘Exile on Kalamazoo Street’ Echoes in Literature Form the Genius of Theatre

Exile on Kalamazoo Street is one of those stories that you come across every once in a while that fills you with a genuine sense of warmth.

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The Ongoing Conversation of Gender and Sexuality

Dutch author Maxim Februari's The Making of a Man is an interesting, if sometimes frustrating, contribution to discussions of gender and sexuality.

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‘1995’: The Year the Netscape and Internet Explorer Wars Began

Netscape, Internet Explorer, Amazon, the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Bosnian peace talks and the year President Clinton met Monica Lewinsky.

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‘The Prime of Life’: It’s Time to Grow Up

Adulthood today is complicated, but it was complicated a hundred years ago, too.

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Guided by God and Other Adventures in World Travel

Albert Podell's Around the World in 50 Years is an entertaining read that's in need of a timeline and other such worldly "guides".

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Richard Goldstein on the Front Lines With Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol, Abby Hoffman and More

Richard Goldstein's journey is a closely observed, fervently lived “I was there” account of the music, the politics, the sex, the drugs, and the poetry in rock lyrics.

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Can Selfishness Be a Virtue?

Through the magical intersection of text and image The Age of Selfishness seeks to clarify the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and how it influenced the Masters of the Universe.

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Two Works in Anaïs Nin’s Cities of the Interior

Ladders to Fire and Seduction of the Minotaur, two of Anaïs Nin's most self-reflexive works, examine the sexual tensions rooted deeply in the female consciousness.

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Science Inspires Thomas Pierce in This New Story Collection

Hall of Small Mammals is a disquieting book of bizarre, brainy tales from a young Virginia-based writer.

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Punk Was Never the Same After the Slits Came on the Scene

There’s a lot of blood on the pages of Albertine's memoir. And she mixes it into the ink generously for an unflinching look at life in a punk and post-punk world.

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The Characters in ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’ Are Silenced by the Voice

Though Cristina Henriquez's entrancing prose promises to save this poorly plotted and contrived mess, it ultimately dooms it.

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‘Apple Tree Yard’s Protagonist is a Wife, Mother, Ph.D. and… Murderer?

Louis Doughty often describes things with a blunt gracefulness; she is an author that can take the simplest or smallest turn of phrase and make it memorable and powerful.

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Life on Tour Is Exactly What You Might Expect

The vibrance of A Million Miles is hindered by the unnecessary facade of fiction.

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In His Fourth Novel, Paul Beatty Aims to Get Under Your Skin

The Sellout is a blistering satire from a gifted poet and novelist. Just prepare to be uneasy!

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Acting Connects Us All, Which Is ‘Why Acting Matters’

Through memorable, entertaining stories about actors and a brief history of acting in Britain and the United States, David Thomson reveals why acting matters so much to us all.

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Tony Barrell’s Banging on About Drumming

Born to Drum is most engaging when it gets away from worrying so specifically about what draws people to the instrument.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

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"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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