Wednesday, October 15 2014
These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.
This real-world account of an ill-fated Yale student's life will be haunting me for many months.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
The challenges for Americans and other countries to grapple with are not economic ones, and they are not narrow, technically ‘scientific’ ones. They are moral and philosophical ones.
Celebrated book designer Peter Mendelsund considers how readers construct (or fail to construct) visual images in their minds in What We See When We Read.
Monday, October 13 2014
His Ph.D revoked, a man fueled by anger returns to an institution he despises in Primordial: An Abstraction.
What really happens when you hit rock bottom?
Friday, October 10 2014
Few authors are able to write equally well about war strategy, communism, cover crops, and postpartum depression.
Twee is about much more than DIY/Etsy, hipsters and Zooey Deschanel.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Whether it’s the recollection of Jesus’ time on the ice as a hockey player, or the confessions of a newspaper editor, Warner isn’t bound by the traditional template for short stories.
Follow author Ian Woollen's advice: "Sit back, sip your drink, and allow words and phrases such as 'sock hop' and 'fallout', 'Studebaker', and 'Red Scare' to summon up what images they will."
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Emily St. John Mandel's book about the survivors of a devastating plague is a thoughtful and original take on the post-apocalyptic genre.
In a strange sense, the yearning for meaning in each of these tales makes them feel like part of religious lore.
Tuesday, October 7 2014
This is not to dwell on narcissism, but to explore how beliefs and assumptions of appearance are put to work in this culture, and how it produces newly-anxious and increasingly insecure subjectivities.
Joining the Dan Brown school of pseudo-intellectual adventure writing, Charlie Lovett’s novel takes on one of the most fascinating conspiracy theories of all time.
Monday, October 6 2014
Images and visual culture shape our reality – in all its nightmarish, as well as hopeful, potential.
Leaving behind spectacle and sensation, Torment Saint offers a compassionate and measured portrayal of late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.
Friday, October 3 2014
A sort of Indiana Jones of the spirit-world, Shigeru Mizuki has traveled around the globe conducting research into spirit folklore.
Elizabeth is Missing is a beautifully written book that touches on so many of the challenges that come with aging.
Thursday, October 2 2014
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers an amusing, fresh look at some pop culture classics that you only thought you had overanalyzed before.
Ireland's clerical and lay authorities, humbugs and scolds, and the dull "plain people" were not safe from Flann O'Brien's many sharp pens.