Reviews & Essays

ANIMALS

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

A primer of fascinating information about the rapport between man and man’s best friend, from Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s guide to “Learning from How Dogs Learn”.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

LIVES

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

By THOMAS KUNKEL

A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir

By PHILIP GLASS

Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives need soundtracks.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ

Orson Welles – born 100 years ago today – and his hoax that shocked the world. Plus: Colin Fleming’s list of five must-hear radio performances from Welles’s classic Mercury Theater productions.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

By JON KRAKAUER

The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” looks at a national problem through one city’s history of sexual violence. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.

Posted by × May 4, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

Struggle to Be Heard

In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.

Posted by × April 29, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

By KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD; Translated by DON BARTLETT

The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

American Warlord: A True Story

American Warlord: A True Story

By JOHNNY DWYER

How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life

By OLIVER SACKS

In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.

Posted by × April 27, 2015 ×

ESSAY

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.

Posted by × April 24, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

By BRIAN FAGAN

The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

NOIR

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

The series of London crime novels famously adapted for Michael Caine, and a rediscovered gem from its creator.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

FICTION

God Help the Child

God Help the Child

By TONI MORRISON

In her eleventh novel, the Nobel Prize winner continues to create beauty from the anger and defining wounds of her characters.

Posted by × April 20, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD

Are we living through a “crisis of attention”? The answer may lie in how we still learn from one another.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

By JON RONSON

In an age of new connectivity online and beyond, a reporter finds empathy for those who’ve faced mortifying infamy.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×