Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, August 28 2014
Video Revolutions is a brief, brilliant inquiry into the history of a complex, contested medium.
Werner Sollors' memories formed the basis for this book, but his research caused him to re-evaluate and re-imagine what he thought he knew about the time and the era.
Wednesday, August 27 2014
These stories, to borrow Carrie Fisher’s title, are postcards from the edge, a place McCracken’s creative heart has taken up residence.
The third and final installment in Lev Grossman's 'Magicians' trilogy, The Magician's Land, is also its best.
Tuesday, August 26 2014
The Dylanologists doesn't give up any answers about Dylan, but it does ask the right questions of people, on the trail through Dylan's America.
Popular Orangette blogger Molly Wizenberg loves to cook, as made clear in Delancey... just not in restaurants.
Monday, August 25 2014
This stark, chiaroscuro compilation promotes a humanitarian view of the First World War, as witnessed by an array of Earth's beleaguered creatures.
In The Black-Eyed Blond, Benjamin Black provides such a satisfying incarnation of Raymond Chandler's sensibility, it's almost possible to pretend Chandler is back among the living.
Friday, August 22 2014
Guitar music gave John Fahey a bridge to the subconscious, and his subconscious evidently was a scary realm.
Thursday, August 21 2014
If this doesn’t get shortlisted for the Giller Prize, well, that would be just proof that the world is an unjust place.
The unlikely, improbable, unbelievable – and totally true – story of Iceland’s anarchist comedian turned politician.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Woven like a colorful tapestry of many characters, all of whom share the misfortune of having lost a child, this is structured like an epic poem which, despite its short length, feels fully realized.
From MOOCs to Second Life to chairs that move, Elizabeth Losh discusses all things technological in The War on Learning.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
Monday, August 18 2014
The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.
A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.
Friday, August 15 2014
You'll want to investigate some of Jean-Patrick Manchette's zany work before the Colin Firth and Sean Penn "Manchette adaptations" hit the big screen.
Thursday, August 14 2014
Megan Abbott's The Fever gives a lot to chew on, with its subject of female sexuality. You might just wind up crossing your legs, when reading this book.
In Down in the Chapel, Joshua Dubler reports on the tensions of the body and the spirit, the restless minds and the stifled desires.