Monday, December 15 2014
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.
Sound Man gives you a look through 50 years behind the studio glass with the premier engineer/producer of the classic rock era, without any obsession over fame or status.
Friday, December 12 2014
It's only in America that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Thursday, December 11 2014
Kathryn Harrison's longtime fascination with the Catholic Church finds its ultimate expression, and biggest challenge, in this biography of Joan of Arc.
Superintelligence may evolve or it may be engineered; either path leads to an existential threat to humanity, perhaps in decades, perhaps in hundreds of years.
Wednesday, December 10 2014
Reading this book is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby’s cigars.
Could America have become a Swastika nation in the '30s? Arnie Bernstein assembles a riveting in-depth portrayal of the rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn's German-American Bund.
Tuesday, December 9 2014
Waiting for the Man is a beautiful read, fluid like a long conversation with a friend in your favourite coffee shop.
While children may laugh at the simplicity of the non-sequiturs in the Moomin stories, adults will be drawn to the droll humor -- and something much darker.
Monday, December 8 2014
Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace offers a thoughtful and stunning visual and oral history of '80s postpunk and goth.
An illuminating, queer theory-influenced study of the work of one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.
Sunday, December 7 2014
Austin City Limits has defined how music is experienced through television for 40 years. This is a look back at a cultural institution that has always pushed forward.
Saturday, December 6 2014
Pressed for Time suggests new ways of looking at how we fit in as individuals with the rapid evolution of time and technology.
Friday, December 5 2014
Meryle Secrest’s biography pays homage to Schiaparelli’s unique oeuvre by highlighting the efficiency of form and style in her designs, while framing them as miracles in their own right.
Thursday, December 4 2014
These two graphic novel versions of The Graveyard Book preserve everything good about the original and add the benefit of visual interpretation by a number of fine artists.
Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present is an informative and well-written exploration of worldwide comics. Yet it attempts to cover too much, and it will leave you wanting more.
Wednesday, December 3 2014
This excellent collection, expertly curated by Amelia Jones, brings together the core ideas that inform the relationship between contemporary art and human sexuality.
If Blood Canticle was meant to be the farewell book to the Vampire Chronicles, Prince Lestat is its funeral.
Tuesday, December 2 2014
Someone is among this risk-taking writer's very best books.