An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”
Reviews & Essays
The work that made Charles Dickens famous is the basis for a multilayered debut novel of 19th-century life and letters. Review by Adam Kirsch
Greil Marcus’s month in review: Rihanna and the Splash Brothers triumph, while other national idols are called into question.
An aviator’s memoir of life above the clouds, and what it says about our relation to heavens and Earth. Review by Peter Lewis.
Vladimir Nabokov began his literary career in the world of Russian exiles in Paris. But it was the U.S. that gave him his most enduring subject. Review by Alex Beam.
Legendary sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily come alive in this “unusual cultural history — not just about a family of authors but about reading itself.”
Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern MedicineBy ANDREW SCULL
The “preeminent scholar of insanity’s ways and means” offers a world history of mental illness, before and after neuroscience.
The U.S. government’s covert past in Japan, China, and beyond – and the dire consequences past and present. Review by Peter Lewis.
A new collection of short stories that turn on men and women pursuing agendas as self-destructive as they are self-centered. Review by Stefan Beck.
A diehard fan charts the long, strange trip of the American rock group on the occasion of their retirement. Review by Justin Taylor.
How the Internet’s hidden black markets traffic sex, drugs, and the promise of “transcending death.” Review by Nell McShane Wulfhart.
A novel of a tech maven and the ghost writer of his memoirs proves a work of skillful engineering.
A new life of Ronald Reagan follows an actor who took on the role of a lifetime. Review by Tom Carson.
Greil Marcus’s month in review spotlights spring awakenings, from Paris to West Virginia and back again.