Reviews & Essays

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

AMERICAN HISTORY

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers looks at the history of American plans for nuclear war -- and raises some deep concerns.
Moral Combat

CULTURAL HISTORY

Moral Combat

Reviewed by Hamilton Cain ×

Since the late nineteenth century, religious beliefs and attitudes about sex have made a politically volatile mix that continues to burn.
The Vanishing Princess: Stories

SHORT STORIES

The Vanishing Princess: Stories

Reviewed by David L. Ulin ×

A posthumous collection of stories from the incisive essayist reveals a writer unafraid to reshape familiar forms.
1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

HISTORY

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

Arthur Herman finds the seeds of our anxious global order in the struggle between an American president and a Russian revolutionary.
At War with a Story: The Uncanny Fiction of Barbara Comyns

REDISCOVERY

At War with a Story: The Uncanny Fiction of Barbara Comyns

Essay by Tobias Carroll ×

In her most unsettling works of fiction, Barbara Comyns took fairy tales in strange and revealing new directions.
The World through Words: An Appreciation of William H. Gass

IN MEMORIAM

The World through Words: An Appreciation of William H. Gass

Essay by David L. Ulin ×

The late writer William Gass is remembered by many for his monumental, groundbreaking novels. David L. Ulin argues for the achievement of his nonfiction.
Keeping On Keeping On

MEMOIR

Keeping On Keeping On

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

If you've wanted to follow the witty and whimsical author of "The Uncommon Reader" through the day, you're in luck.
Voices Unbound

CULTURAL STUDIES

Voices Unbound

Essay by Tess Taylor ×

Reading Rebecca Solnit's "The Mother of All Questions," Tess Taylor reflects on the cost of silence -- and the music of resistance.
Beethoven’s Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony

MUSIC

Beethoven’s Eroica: The First Great Romantic Symphony

Reviewed by Michael O'Donnell ×

Beethoven's 3rd symphony was a seismic event in the history of music, and its impact can still be felt.
Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

LIVES

Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

The legendary traveler and lover of adventure was also a lively correspondent.
Radio Free Vermont

FICTION

Radio Free Vermont

Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×

The environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben imagines a grass-roots resistance to dystopia in his new novel.
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

MUSIC

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Reviewed by Robert Christgau ×

A poet and music critic's boundary-smashing new collection proves to be one of the year's most vital documents on an America in crisis.