Books

sea

Man’s first instinct has always been to return to the sea

October 3, 2019 2:36 pm

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans and The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier reviewed

east india

Bad company

October 1, 2019 2:15 pm

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple reviewed

debbie harry blondie

Blondie ambition

September 30, 2019 11:51 am

Face It by Debbie Harry reviewed

sailing

Gales and Gaels — sailing solo from Cornwall to the Summer Isles

September 26, 2019 7:54 am

The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination by Philip Marsden reviewed

tove ditlevsen

In praise of Tove Ditlevsen — the greatest Danish writer you’ve never heard of

September 26, 2019 7:29 am

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood, Youth, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen reviewed

dedications

Why do we write dedications in books?

September 26, 2019 6:04 am

These ghostly remnants of love, loss and friendship tell stories of their own

doxology

A New York state of mind

September 22, 2019 12:59 pm

Doxology by Nell Zink reviewed

susan sontag

No one held Susan Sontag in higher esteem than Susan Sontag

September 22, 2019 12:37 pm

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser reviewed

margaret atwood gilead testaments

Welcome back to Gilead: Margaret Atwood’s triumphant reclaiming of her work

September 19, 2019 3:06 pm

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood reviewed

meritocracy

Two faces of a single calamity: how the war against inequality backfired dramatically

September 19, 2019 2:53 pm

The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite by Daniel Markovitz reviewed

possessed

The tsunami of stuff we have and want is based on culture and economics

September 19, 2019 1:21 pm

Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need by Bruce Hood reviewed

quichotte

Rushdie at his best

September 19, 2019 12:50 pm

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie reviewed

islamic

The best of journeys: Justin Marozzi’s monumental trek through the history of the Muslim world

September 19, 2019 12:08 pm

Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilization by Justin Marozzi reviewed

newburyport

The great American trauma in minute detail

September 19, 2019 9:56 am

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann reviewed

atwood

The appalling vanity of Western feminists who think Margaret Atwood writes about them

September 12, 2019 11:42 am

As women in Iran are thrown in jail daily for daring to remove the veil, their sisters in Europe and the US continue to be useful idiots

calais

A thoroughly modern medieval romance

September 12, 2019 11:19 am

To Calais, in Ordinary Time by James Meek reviewed

bari weiss anti-semitism

The passion of Bari Weiss

September 11, 2019 12:40 pm

How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss reviewed

travel

Another magnificent memoir from Alexandra Fuller

September 5, 2019 12:05 pm

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller reviewed

dopeworld

It takes a former drug dealer to explain the global narcotics scene

September 5, 2019 11:35 am

Dopeworld: Adventures in Drug Lands by Niko Vorobyov reviewed

novel books

Novel advice for incoming STEM freshmen

September 2, 2019 1:07 pm

Students interested in a career in investing and technology should read more fiction

samadder household chores

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

August 29, 2019 11:27 am

I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder reviewed

decca

When Decca records were part of everyday life

August 29, 2019 11:00 am

Decca: The Supreme Record Company: The Story of Decca Records 1929-2019 by Daryl Easlea and Darren Henley reviewed

gwyneth paltrow

The Spectator USA guide to book curation

August 24, 2019 6:20 am

Gwyneth Paltrow has a book curator – now you can too!

cold war

Novel explosives of the Cold War

August 22, 2019 8:49 am

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War by Duncan White reviewed

iraq demining

Demining at the foot of Mount Sinjar

August 18, 2019 10:35 am

Isis had been cleared from this area a month before I arrived, in November 2015. But the men were cautious