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American Movie Critics

American Movie Critics

Edited by PHILIP LOPATE

Everyone’s a movie critic. To care deeply about film is to succumb to the need to talk, or write, about what the eye has just absorbed from the screen. It’s been that way since the poet Vachel Lindsay waxed rhapsodic […]

Posted by × February 18, 2008 ×

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The Adventures of Amir Hamza

The Adventures of Amir Hamza

Translated by MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI

Imagine that Homer’s great epics weren’t transcribed until the 19th century and continued to live as oral performances over the years. As they circulated around the Mediterranean, they no doubt would absorb much of the local custom and color; enriched […]

Posted by × February 18, 2008 ×

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A Short History of the American Stomach

A Short History of the American Stomach

By FREDERICK KAUFMAN

An analysis of the culture of consumption — literally speaking.

Posted by × February 15, 2008 ×

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Sharp Teeth

Sharp Teeth

By TOBY BARLOW

A darkly comic fable about man’s feral side — set in verse.

Posted by × February 14, 2008 ×

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Homo Politicus: The Strange and Barbaric Tribes of the Beltway

Homo Politicus: The Strange and Barbaric Tribes of the Beltway

By DANA MILBANK

A veteran political reporter turns in Margaret Mead?style satire of legislators and lobbyists.

Posted by × February 13, 2008 ×

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Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

By SINCLAIR LEWIS

Brooke Allen on Sinclair Lewis’s enduring satire.

Posted by × February 12, 2008 ×

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How the Dead Dream

How the Dead Dream

By LYDIA MILLET

The author of O Pure and Radiant Heart spins a modern fable of an eco-warrior’s awakening.

Posted by × February 12, 2008 ×

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Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

By SAMANTHA POWER

The author of A Problem from Hell on a career in ambitious pursuit of peace.

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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One Body

One Body

By MARGARET GIBSON

Margaret Gibson’s ninth book of poems, One Body, illuminates grief and celebration in equal measure. It begins with the death of a friend — or rather with the first shaken aftermath of that death. Standing in the friend’s kitchen, the […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance

Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance

By JOSHUA GLENN & CAROL HAYES

Those drawn to antique shops and yard sales will delight in this inviting collection. In brief essays with accompanying photographs, 75 contributors consider their intense feelings for one beloved object. By excluding family heirlooms and childhood toys, the editors ended […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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Rostropovich: The Musical Life of the Great Cellist, Teacher, and Legend

Rostropovich: The Musical Life of the Great Cellist, Teacher, and Legend

By ELIZABETH WILSON

With the terms “great” and “legend” neatly tucked into the subtitle, it’s no surprise that Elizabeth Wilson’s biography of Mstislav Rostropovich is a worshipful portrait. Chalk it up to a student’s devotion to her former mentor, perhaps, although many readers […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

Directed by BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

For director Bernardo Bertolucci, the political is always personal — and always pretty. His 1987 epic bites off a mighty chunk of history and social upheaval — China from the last vestiges of its monarchy to Mao?s Cultural Revolution — […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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The World from Beginnings to 4000 B.C.E.

The World from Beginnings to 4000 B.C.E.

By IAN TATTERSALL

The hominid fossil record begins some seven million years ago with species that are like humans but not human. But on what basis do we identify members of our own family and say that they are not merely humanlike but […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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God Save the Fan

God Save the Fan

By WILL LEITCH

In my experience, most casual sports fans are unaware of Deadspin.com, the irreverent David to ESPN’s Goliath. But Will Leitch’s increasingly popular blog, which delivers “sports news without access, favor, or discretion,” has become a destination for diehard sports fans […]

Posted by × February 11, 2008 ×

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God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215

God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215

By DAVID LEVERING LEWIS

A new examination of the Islamic role in the evolution of Europe’s identity.

Posted by × February 8, 2008 ×