Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Hollywood Trilogy

The Hollywood Trilogy

By DON CARPENTER

A lost master’s reissued gems balance grime and luster on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Review by Charles Taylor.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

By SAM HARRIS

Can neuroscience, meditation, and pharmaceuticals open the door to nirvana? Review by James Parker.

Posted by × September 15, 2014 ×

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Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer

By DAMON GALGUT

Imagining the trip to Bharat — and sexual awakening — that inspired E. M. Forster to write A Passage to India.

Posted by × September 12, 2014 ×

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

By EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, a search for what might endure.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

By TED RALL

A compassionate, “unembedded” report from Afghanistan’s front lines.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

By CHRISTIAN RUDDER

Why looking at our dating profiles and status updates might yield a clearer picture of America than any census.

Posted by × September 8, 2014 ×

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The Emerald Light in the Air

The Emerald Light in the Air

By DONALD ANTRIM

A novelist of the surreal finds his true calling: concise tales of loss, love, and liquor.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×

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The Organized Mind

The Organized Mind

By DANIEL J. LEVITIN

Don’t try to do anything else while you read this.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×

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10:04

10:04

By BEN LERNER

The author of Leaving the Atocha Station takes a Whitmanesque turn.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×

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The Symmetry Teacher

The Symmetry Teacher

By ANDREI BITOV

A Russian novel-within-a-novel unfolds with origami precision.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×

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Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

By MILES J. UNGER

An accessible and lively new biography traces the mythic, disruptive life of one of art’s true icons.

Posted by × August 29, 2014 ×

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On Tocqueville

On Tocqueville

By ALAN RYAN

What a Frenchman of 1831 can teach us about modern America’s class structures.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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Getting Schooled

Getting Schooled

By GARRET KEIZER

A teaching veteran heads — reluctantly — back to the blackboard.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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Feminism Unfinished

Feminism Unfinished

By DOROTHY SUE COBBLE, LINDA GORDON, AND ASTRID HENRY

A “century’s worth of U.S.-based feminist movements”, from Alice Paul to Gloria Steinem.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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F

F

By DANIEL KEHLMANN; Translated by CAROL BROWN JANEWAY

A literary puzzle from a celebrated German novelist invites the reader into a world of games.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×