Reviews & Essays

Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language

LANGUAGE

Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language

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An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”...
Death and Mr. Pickwick

FICTION

Death and Mr. Pickwick

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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....
American Oxygen

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

American Oxygen

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Greil Marcus's month in review: Rihanna and the Splash Brothers triumph, while other national idols are called into question....
Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

BEYOND CATEGORY

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

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An aviator's memoir of life above the clouds, and what it says about our relation to heavens and Earth. Review by Peter Lewis....
Nabokov in America: On the Road to “Lolita”

WRITERS AND WRITING

Nabokov in America: On the Road to “Lolita”

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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....
The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

cultural history

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

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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 Medicine

HUMAN NATURE

Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

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The "preeminent scholar of insanity's ways and means" offers a world history of mental illness, before and after neuroscience....
The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia

HISTORY

The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia

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The U.S. government's covert past in Japan, China, and beyond - and the dire consequences past and present. Review by Peter Lewis....
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

SHORT STORIES

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

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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....
So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

MUSIC

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

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A diehard fan charts the long, strange trip of the American rock group on the occasion of their retirement. Review by Justin Taylor....
The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

TECHNOLOGY

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

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How the Internet's hidden black markets traffic sex, drugs, and the promise of "transcending death." Review by Nell McShane Wulfhart....
Book of Numbers

FICTION

Book of Numbers

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A novel of a tech maven and the ghost writer of his memoirs proves a work of skillful engineering....

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