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‘Elvis’s Army’: Training for a War That Never Came

A masterful look at the US Army between Korea and Vietnam: stumbling into an uncertain future, amid racial integration, endless paperwork, and nuclear-armed jeeps.

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‘Electri_City’ Is Missing the Spark

It took a lot of work in the '70s to make music that sounded like it was created entirely by robots. The same could be said for Electri_City.

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Imagine a World of Trees—Without Us

Bloomsbury's Object Lessons' installment, Tree, brings to the fore our complicated relationship with this life form.

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Between Comfort and Threat, Thriving and Despair: Stories From Iceland

The affluence enjoyed by many in these pages pales before the ultimate mysteries suffusing the island.

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J.D. Wilkes Puts the American South’s Contradictions Up for Reconsideration

A novel that believes monsters are “as much a part of us as our penchant for fried chicken and turnip greens.”

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‘No Quarter’ Neither Galvanises Nor Destroys Jimmy Page’s Mythic Persona

Jimmy Page's mythic reputation is preserved with grace and pathos in Martin Power's biography.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and the Shifting Boundaries of Identity

Transracialism may and may not be as legitimate as transgenderism in the modern push for fluidity of identity categories.

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Sebastian Barry Balances Beauty With Horror in ‘Days Without End’

Dramatizing an omnipresent American imperial force, this picaresque yarn speaks for its perpetrators and victims.

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‘Hokusai x Manga’ Explores the Roots of Manga

'Hokusai x Manga' traces the influence of popular Japanese visual art, from the 17th century forward, on contemporary manga.

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Identity Is a Provocative Spectre Throughout Noel Malcolm’s ‘Agents of Empire’

In Noel Malcolm's important microhistory, we encounter complex individuals who appear resistant to simple categories, generalizations, or identifications.

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A Breezy Visit With Arthur Conan Doyle and His Most Famous Creation

With Arthur and Sherlock, Michael Sims seeks to answer how Arthur Conan Doyle went from modestly successful physician to world-famous writer of detective stories.

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‘A Little History of Economics’ Provides a Charming Overview of the Dismal Science

Niall Kishtainy, writing for a general audience, provides a breezy stroll through economic thought, from Plato to Thomas Piketty.

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‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Is a “Welcome” Introduction to a Strange New World

Although it takes a while for the heart of Welcome to Night Vale to be revealed, it's ultimately worth the journey.

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Speed Bumps Are Dumb, and Other Thoughts on ‘Traffic’

Everybody hates traffic, but what should we do about it?

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This Will Be the Last Time You Hear from Me: John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester won’t shock you or stay with you for a long time, but like most found footage movies, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat along the way.

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There Is Only One Reality, and It’s Analog

Digital dystopians beware: the analog counterrevolution is here.

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Science, Creativity, and Imagination (and the Earth)

Earth partners something even more unlikely than pumpkin and coffee or Nutella and bacon: an English professor and a planetary scientist.

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The View From There: Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’

Joan Didion went on the road 50 years ago. The trenchant observations, however fragmentary, are timely.

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‘Variety’ Is a Fascinating, Inviting Exploration Into the Concept

Analogous to the elements (i.e., atoms) generating the varied world around us, so too the elements of language can be rearranged to create a vast number of meanings.

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It’s Apple’s World, Just Click and Agree to It

Ever wonder what you agree to when you click on the terms and conditions for iTunes? Read R. Sikoryak's Terms and Conditions and be awakened.

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