Books

The doctor’s dilemma

August 23, 2020 12:40 pm

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44 by Isaac Matarasso reviewed

freemasonry

On the square, on the level

August 22, 2020 9:55 am

The Craft: How Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie reviewed

italian

Lucky Tim

August 21, 2020 5:12 pm

Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal by Tim Parks reviewed

chopin

It’s time to leave Chopin in peace

August 20, 2020 12:14 pm

Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions by Annik LaFarge reviewed

selim

In just eight years Selim I became ‘God’s Shadow on Earth’

August 20, 2020 11:51 am

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail reviewed

bunker

Should we all be prepping for the end of days?

August 20, 2020 11:18 am

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett reviewed

kate reed petty

Who is telling the truth in Kate Reed Petty’s debut novel?

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

True Story by Kate Reed Petty reviewed

ali smith

A toast to brotherhood

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

Summer by Ali Smith reviewed

book dedications

It’s all in a name: the stories behind book dedications

August 12, 2020 5:18 pm

E.E. Cummings dedicated his collection of poetry No Thanks to all the publishers who turned it down

phyllis chesler

How I got canceled

August 7, 2020 1:45 pm

You do not challenge any part of this politically correct madness without risking everything. I recommend that more of us do just that

smallpox

It took two centuries to eradicate smallpox even after a vaccine was invented

August 6, 2020 12:26 am

The Great Inoculator by Gavin Weightman and War Against Smallpox by Michael Bennett reviewed

bohemians

The heroic couple who defied Hitler

August 6, 2020 12:13 am

The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler reviewed

camper van beethoven

How Camper Van Beethoven saw the future

August 3, 2020 3:26 pm

And how I wrote a novel about it

seeger

The spy’s spy

August 1, 2020 11:05 am

From CIA officer to thriller-writer: the shadowy world of J.R. Seeger

john giorno great demon kings

Last of the red-hot lovers

August 1, 2020 10:49 am

Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment by John Giorno reviewed

pope

Cardinal virtues

July 31, 2020 12:07 pm

The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates by Edward Pentin reviewed

kassabova

Mountain heir

July 31, 2020 11:27 am

To the Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova reviewed

lee child

The brilliance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

July 30, 2020 12:38 pm

It answers 400 years of history in just three words

everything

Will the universe end with a bang or a bounce?

July 30, 2020 12:27 pm

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack reviewed

owl

The world’s largest, rarest owl is used for target practice in Siberia

July 30, 2020 12:03 pm

Owls of the Eastern Ice: The Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght reviewed

burke

Burke’s work

July 28, 2020 12:33 pm

Edmund Burke on the market and the limits of commerce

cormac mccarthy

Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant

July 25, 2020 2:31 pm

The harshness and hope of an American master

anne applebaum

Good memoir-writing should be self-critical

July 23, 2020 8:49 am

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum reviewed

haldane

R.B. Haldane: a great public servant, much maligned

July 23, 2020 8:33 am

Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain and Canada by John Campbell reviewed

action park

If you spent a day at Action Park you took your life in your hands

July 23, 2020 8:19 am

Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park by Andy Mulvihill reviewed