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 […]
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 […]
An analysis of the culture of consumption — literally speaking.
A darkly comic fable about man’s feral side — set in verse.
A veteran political reporter turns in Margaret Mead?style satire of legislators and lobbyists.
Brooke Allen on Sinclair Lewis’s enduring satire.
The author of O Pure and Radiant Heart spins a modern fable of an eco-warrior’s awakening.
The author of A Problem from Hell on a career in ambitious pursuit of peace.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 — […]
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 […]
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 […]
A new examination of the Islamic role in the evolution of Europe’s identity.