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.
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.