Tuesday, January 6 2015
Patrick O'Donnell's survey of David Mitchell's six novels dives into the labyrinthine, "screaming Russian doll" structures they all share.
The way in which serial killer Paul Ogorzow turned his victims into his own playthings of wickedness is a small allegory of the corruption that seeped the entire Nazi system.
Monday, January 5 2015
This melancholic Norwegian masterpiece is a beautiful, albeit acquired taste, now finally available in an English translation.
"Accidental professor" Lynda Barry's Syllabus is a graphic novel lesson plan, one that invites readers to reflect on their unconscious perceptions.
Tuesday, December 30 2014
The cringe-worthy humor of Ricky Rouse undercuts whatever salient satire it might have had, such as Donald Rumsfeld's disguise as the beloved Disney character Donald the Duck.
Monday, December 29 2014
Gustavo Perez Firmat's book is a serious examination of why The Andy Griffith Show is still rerunned and revered in the 21st century, even as it slumped to its end with Mayberry R.F.D.
Tuesday, December 23 2014
These essays provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of Athens, its relationship with the cinema, and how that relationship has evolved.
Monday, December 22 2014
Colm Toibin's latest literary outing is like a complex Persian rug: the reader must work to notice and appreciate the patterns.
Sunday, December 21 2014
Green: A History is a broad-spanning visualization of this multifaceted color, one that reveals the value of seeing different shades of meaning in the color of historical artworks.
Saturday, December 20 2014
Here's another reasonably entertaining novel of ideas from this internationally-celebrated satirist.
Friday, December 19 2014
This wide-spanning anthology is a mélange of London experiences, encapsulating rich and poor, native and immigrant.
From revenge porn to cyber mobs to trolls, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace shows the ugly side of the Internet and, most importantly, what people can do about it.
Thursday, December 18 2014
J. Robert Lennon's morbidly dark vision of American domesticity drains the light out of the human dream of domestic bliss to leave it shrouded in shadow.
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is all about speakeasies, gangsters, glamour, and mystery. Best of all? The mystery is a true story.
Wednesday, December 17 2014
Apps changed everything. The Imaginary App explains how.
Whimsical and frustrating, Murakami's latest may alienate some readers, but fans will want to add this oddity to their collection.
Tuesday, December 16 2014
Herbie Hancock's memoir shows us how possibilities in and of themselves can be fleeting, but their ripple effects can go on nearly forever.
Monday, December 15 2014
Like the other entires in the World Film Locations series, this Florence installment acts as a great starting point for serious scholars of film.
These stories are as delightful and fizzy as Hilary Mantel's many awe-inspiring historical novels.
Thomas Healy offers up a masterful psychological portrait of one of America’s great thinkers, one whose legal opinion would eventually shape free speech in America.