Books

coffeeland

Would you kill for a cup of coffee?

April 30, 2020 6:07 pm

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick reviewed

woody allen

Woody Allen, in his own words

April 30, 2020 5:40 pm

Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen reviewed

dave rubin

Dave Rubin’s ode to the so-called ‘independent thinker‘

April 28, 2020 6:32 pm

Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin reviewed

read books

Why men don’t read books anymore

April 27, 2020 3:10 pm

Lockdown has been more illustrative of the gender gap in reading than any event I can remember

signatures david pryce-jones

Dedicated to literature

April 25, 2020 12:46 pm

After Fault Lines, his acclaimed family history, David Pryce-Jones has written another kind of autobiography: Signatures, the memoirs of a bibliophile

calasso

Making a killing

April 25, 2020 12:25 pm

The Celestial Hunter by Roberto Calasso reviewed

elif shafak

Gone for a song: A short story

April 24, 2020 4:11 pm

There was no apparent reason for him to spot a large brown leather bag and ask for it to be taken out. But he did

jack tar

For Jack Tar, going to sea was the ultimate adventure

April 24, 2020 3:41 pm

Sons of Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail by Stephen Taylor reviewed

salman rushdie

The wisdom of Salman

April 24, 2020 12:08 pm

Rushdie on fathers, fictions and fatwas

arthur jeffress

Arthur Jeffress: bright young person of the post-war art scene

April 23, 2020 12:12 am

Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art by Gill Hedley reviewed

samanta schweblin

A sinister toy story

April 16, 2020 4:32 pm

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin reviewed

creeping jenny

Mysteries of English village life

April 16, 2020 2:27 pm

Creeping Jenny by Jeff Noon reviewed

rivers

Our rivers, as much as our oceans, are in urgent need of protection

April 16, 2020 2:07 pm

Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations and Shapes Our World by Laurence C. Smith reviewed

food jews

Kosher dining is ill-suited to lactose-intolerant Jews

April 16, 2020 1:56 pm

The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor reviewed

bill bryson

Bill Bryson: it’s impossible to be sick of England

April 16, 2020 12:26 pm

The author on love, loss and the wonders of the human body

red sea

Dirty diving

April 10, 2020 6:34 pm

Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort by Raffi Berg reviewed

jiyoung

It’s different for girls

April 10, 2020 4:32 pm

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo reviewed

warhol

Magus of mass production

April 10, 2020 4:09 pm

Warhol by Blake Gopnik reviewed

globalization

Globalization is scarcely new: it dates back to the year 1000

April 9, 2020 3:25 pm

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — And Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen reviewed

ravi shankar

For Ravi Shankar, music was a sort of religion

April 9, 2020 3:04 pm

Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske reviewed

corpse

The trade in cadavers is rife with scandal

April 9, 2020 2:49 pm

Technologies of the Human Corpse by John Troyer reviewed

austen

Austen’s power

April 3, 2020 6:56 pm

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby reviewed

bloomsbury wade

Bluestockings of Bloomsbury

April 3, 2020 6:40 pm

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade reviewed

migrant

Cosmopolis

April 3, 2020 5:44 pm

Migrant City: A New History of London by Panikos Panayi reviewed

galvin

When six of her 12 children went mad, Mimi Galvin did her best to make to light of it

April 2, 2020 2:59 pm

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker reviewed