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Thursday, June 26 2014

Wherein Futurists and Anti-Futurists Lock Horns

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

Stephen King, ‘Mr. Mercedes’, and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

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

‘K-Pop Now!’ Is the Literary Equivalent of a K-Pop Disco Night

Gangnam Style is only the tip of the iceberg, as this handy, lavishly illustrated introduction to Korean pop reveals.


Friday, June 20 2014

On Finding Arab Gulf Identity in ‘the Space Between’

Tribal Modern neither wallows in nostalgia for a lost past, nor is fundamentally critical of processes of globalization and modernization.


Thursday, June 19 2014

A Poet Perfectly at Ease: ‘The Letters of Robert Frost’

Known for his evocative use of place, Robert Frost's work, once out of fashion, is enjoying a renaissance, as seen in this impressive volume.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

‘China Dolls’ Is Elegant, Lively, and for Some, Educational

Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

So a Police Officer and a Cosmopolitan Liberal Walk into a Bar…

Like it or not, cops are agents of social change.The Streets of San Francisco explores their lasting and far-reaching role in shaping liberal politics and attitudes.


Monday, June 16 2014

Some Semblance of the Truth Might Be Found in Todd Snider’s ‘I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like’

Todd Snider's rollicking stories of his years in the music business might not be the whole truth, as he admits, but they're close enough.


Friday, June 13 2014

Imagine If Crass Was Funny: ‘Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’

Told efficiently the veteran chronicler of punk, Alex Ogg, this story reveals that the American underground in the late '70s could match the best of the British punks.


Thursday, June 12 2014

‘Beheading the Virgin Mary’ Ambles Through Irish-to-Scot Emigration

From the legacy of The Troubles and Irish-Catholic assimilation, McLaughlin follows the way his early life has transpired, and plots his own direction.


Tuesday, June 10 2014

How Can You Make Money from Social Media?

In A Social Strategy, Piskorski sets out to make sense of a social media culture where videos of cats garner 100,000 views but serious news stories sometimes go unwatched.


Monday, June 9 2014

Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)

This coffee table overview of how matrons have been treated in cinema offers up some stellar insights and some obvious narrative gaps.


Friday, June 6 2014

Duran Duran’s ‘Beautiful Colors’ in Posters

This is a weighty tome, independently released, but with the high-end quality one might expect to have found at the recently shuttered Rizzoli flagship store.


Thursday, June 5 2014

Frost is Literal and Literary in ‘The Alp’

A combination of detail and distance creates a hermetic feel within these stoic Swiss scenes.


‘Delicious!’ Can Be Like Having a Bit of Fun with a Bit of Fluff, If That’s Your Taste

After Gourmet was abruptly shut down, editor Ruth Reichl parlayed a lifetime’s worth of foodie gossip into a confection of a first novel.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

In ‘The Possibilities’, a Young Visitor Upends Several Lives

Kaui Hart Hemmings is like a wise alien, gleefully pointing out the bizarre ways in which people in America behave.


‘Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains’ and Disney’s Slow Evolution

Is Amy Davis smarter than most for staying away from narrow-minded judgement? Or is her love for Disney so big that she is blind to the company’s many flaws?


Tuesday, June 3 2014

‘Truthful Fictions’ Is Blinded by Theory

Is the rise of the biographical novel a problem?


Monday, June 2 2014

Hooked on True Detective? Check Out Its Influence, Thomas Ligotti

Thomas Ligotti is an unapologetic, darkly-humored pessimist, and that may be what many have found most disturbing and fascinating about True Detective.


Is ‘Cambridge’ Real or Imagined?

This a hilarious and confusing journey through filial, cultural and international group dynamics.


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