Tuesday, April 29 2014
Jonathan Faiers explores the "negative cinematic wardrobe" through a detailed reading of classic and mainstream films of American and British cinema.
Monday, April 28 2014
An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.
Friday, April 25 2014
The first great work to begin to address this tunnel of post-911 war, from which we will eventually emerge, is Robert Gates' Duty.
Veteran jazz reporter, Village Voice writer and civil rights activist Nat Hentoff on journalism, jazz and the First Amendment.
Thursday, April 24 2014
This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality
Beyond tales of who slept with whom and who wrecked whose marriage, this is a unique character study of Henry Willson, who was a genius in his own right.
Wednesday, April 23 2014
What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head?
Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
Mona Simpson’s novels, always sensitive and complex, have only become more so with time, acquiring the depth only a seasoned writer can proffer.
This vigorous interdisciplinary approach brings a revealing new perspective to a well-worn classic of American literature.
Monday, April 21 2014
The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.
Nickolas Butler’s golden-toned Bon Iver-inspired novel about four friends in a small Wisconsin town has gorgeous intent, but too little purpose.
Friday, April 18 2014
What can the ‘failed’ constitutions of American history teach us about building community and galvanizing social movements?
Thursday, April 17 2014
"We think we have time to love, cook dinner, take walks, become enlightened, but one wave can take us, or it can spit us out." -Gretel Ehrlich
Love Is a Canoe is about how people in love will latch onto any floating bit of debris to salvage their sinking relationships.
Wednesday, April 16 2014
This is an ambitious undertaking, weaving American history, popular culture, and Bruce Springsteen’s music into a cohesive narrative.
From applying leeches to mapping the shape of the human skull, Erik Janik describes a drama of medical history in Marketplace of the Marvelous.
Tuesday, April 15 2014
Walter Potter crafted hundreds of animals, amphibians, and birds into intricately assembled Victorian dioramas for the delight of his fellow Britons.
Monday, April 14 2014
In this thoughtful, entertaining novel, Marcel Theroux explores the ways in which we construct 'a workable self out of all the dissonant parts.'
Given Brian O'Nolan and his sly guises, one must wonder what this erudite satirist makes of this posthumous tribute to his tetchy talents.