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Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV
By LUCAS MANN
Reviewed by Tobias Carroll
The arrival of Reality TV didn't just change our media and our politics, says Lucas Mann, it changed the way we tell stories.
By R. MARIE GRIFFITH
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.
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.
The B&N Podcast: Kevin Young and Jeffrey Eugenides
Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review
On this episode, a pair of conversations that are all about invention, and about the lies that reveal the truth.
From Hookup Culture to Viagra Nation
By Julia M. Klein
Two new books look at back at the 1990s as a time when a "sea change" inaugurated a new era of sexual freedom in America, and both are skeptical that it worked out for the best. Review by Julia...
Yawn: Adventures in Boredom
By MARY MANN
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
One of the most common experiences is also one of the most poorly understood: Mary Mann explores the paradox of tedium....
With a God on His Side
Essay by Robert Christgau
Across his studies of culture and materialism, critic and philosopher Terry Eagleton looks for the "heart of a heartless world." Essay by Robert Christgau.
The Fragile Blessing
By Steve King
Why a painter, not a president, made Thanksgiving what it means today -- a holiday as sensitive to cultural flux as to political upheaval.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
By ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel
In economically hard-hit Louisiana, a sociologist goes in quest of the "deep story" of conservative America. Review by Barbara Spindel.
“Dystopia Is Too Easy”: Laurie Penny’s Tomorrow
A Conversation with Tobias Carroll
The journalist and writer talks about "Everything Belongs to the Future," her first foray into science fiction, and the special challenges of avoiding cliches about the future....
Making and Unmaking the American Soldier
By Melissa H. Pierson
There's a science to making the modern soldier. Do we need a science for turning them back into civilians? Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads new books from Mary Roach and Sebastian Junger.
Born in the U.S.A.
By The Editors of O Magazine
Six works of nonfiction that illuminate what it means to be an American.