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The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon

A certain species that thrive in English departments and creative writing programs make good fodder for satire in Dana Schwartz's The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon.


Hidden Hints, Motifs, and Deep Details in Films from 'The Secret Life of Movies'

Simon Brew's latest book, The Secret Life of Movies, gives film fans a compelling look into films from angles they might not have thought of -- yet.


Trapped by Circumstance: 'Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani'

Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre France have created a powerful work in Guantánamo Kid that brings attention to the humanity of people who are accused as terrorists.


'The Manhattan Nobody Knows' Guides You Through the City at Eye-Opening Level

New York trekker William B. Helmreich's latest urban walking guide, The Manhattan Nobody Knows, can feel like a series of bite-sized Joseph Mitchell essays, and as such is great fun to read.


The Art of 'Selling the Movie'

Selling the Movie: The Art of the Film Poster provides a beautiful film history lesson along with the compelling visuals.


Artist Ria Brodell Offers an Enlightened View on Holy Cards (and History) with 'Butch Heroes'

While it's unlikely that you will ever come across an acknowledged gay, lesbian, or transgender person featured on an official holy card, it's quite possible that some individuals thus pictured snuck in under the radar, so to speak. Ria Brodell's Butch Heroes brings that tragic oversight to light.


'Unthinkable' Gives Our Brains a Second Thought

Unthinkable is an eminently readable book that includes a wealth of information about how the brain functions.


How Does One Condense the World of Video Games into a Mere 64 Objects?

The staff at the World Video Game Hall of Fame have, with great care, winnowed down objects in the medium that they feel best represents the important developments in the history of the video game.


A 'Saturday Night Live' Take on Jack Webb's 'Dragnet' Franchise

Shout! Factory brings back the Saturday Night Live parody of the original Dragnet.


'Tales from La Vida' Opens Up the World of LatinX Comics

This anthology will remind you how much you are missing if you confine your interests to only the big-named comics creators.


One Can Really Relate to Emma's 'The Mental Load'

French cartoonist Emma raises issues of inequality within French society with humor and humanity, using short statements accompanied by disarmingly charming cartoons that point out the absurdities of some common social conventions and beliefs.


The Groundbreaking 'Midnight Cowboy' Remains Relevant in These Times

Criterion's Blu-ray release of Midnight Cowboy comes with a generous package of extras that fans and those new to the film will appreciate.


'We’ll Always Have Casablanca'

Even if you don't agree with Umberto Eco that "Casablanca is not one movie; it is 'movies'," you can still learn a lot by reading Isenberg's book and have a great time in the process.


On Life in Graphic Detail

Autobiographical Comics, the second volume in the Bloomsbury Comics Studies series successfully bridges the gap between academic studies and popular books that delight comics fans.


When One's 'True Sex' Is Discovered in America

The rich portraits Skidmore creates of these trans men can help illuminate not only their lives but also the lives of many other trans people who remain undiscovered and anonymous.


'Melville: A Novel' and Its 'Foreign Companion'

Something of a paean to Herman Melville and Moby Dick, just reading Jean Giono's writing for its own sake is both different from what you might expect -- and delightful.


The Outer Beauty in Hitchcock's 'Rebecca'

British elegance and American money combined make Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca a visual delight.


Lauren Elkins Challenges the View That Flâneurie Is a Pleasure Reserved for Men

In Flâneuse Elkins combines her own experiences as a walker with those of many notable women, including Virginia Woolf, Agnés Varda, and Martha Gellhorn.


Franz Hessel's ' Reprinted Walking in Berlin' Celebrates the Observant Urban Stroller

Reading Walking in Berlin is the next best thing to traveling back in time to visit the capital of the Weimar Republic as it was in 1929.


Criterion's 'The Marseilles Trilogy' Gives Us Binge-worthy, Sea-worthy Melodrama

Marius, Fanny, and César offer a detailed portrait of the interlocking lives of a small cast of characters, most of whose lives are shaped in some way by the sea.


'Tampopo' Serves Up Film Noir, Gangster and Western Tropes With Noodles

Viewers who like early Woody Allen will enjoy the humor in Tampopo.


LGBTQ People at Home, at Ease

Tom Atwood's Kings & Queens in Their Castles celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community with a series of beautiful portraits of people in their homes.




'Broad Strokes' Beautifully Illuminates Often Overlooked Women Artists

Art historian Bridget Quinn is an engaging writer with a knack for choosing the telling anecdote. The result is a fun book full of beautiful art.

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