Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by James Stevens Curl reviewed
Performing Hamlet: Actors in the Modern Age by Jonathan Croall reviewed
Spying on Whales: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Largest Animals by Nick Pyenson reviewed
New collections by A.M. Homes, Joseph O’Neill, Christine Schutt, Margarita García Robayo and Gaito Gazdanov reviewed
Sympathy for the Traitor by Mark Polizzotti reviewed
Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz reviewed
Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-Bye to All That, 1895–1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson reviewed
A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen reviewed.
Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife by Katherine West Scheil reviewed.
The Mummy’s Foot and the Big Toe by Alan Krell reviewed.
House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger reviewed.
Teller of truths and tales.
Dante’s Divine Comedy by Ian Thomson reviewed.
Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkeviciute reviewed.
Unnatural Selection by Katrina van Grouw reviewed.
Borges’ muse paints a picture of suffocating isolation and voyeurism.
Mosquitoes and lice plague them all summer, bitter cold and storms all winter, and they face the constant risk of violence and sudden death.
For all her wise-cracking, the history of parental neglect, bereavement and social savagery that has brought her low is genuinely affecting.
Calypso is quite repetitive, especially when it comes to what is really its main concern: houses.
A Long Island Story is an affectionate portrait of the author’s family.
From his early street fights to his friendship with Steve McQueen, from his cha-cha to his one-inch punch, Bruce Lee was made to be Bruce Lee.
Jesse Norman debunks several myths about the founding father of economics.
Too often the writing descends on a good idea like a dense fog.
O’Brien’s career revived in the last years of his life, and even this magazine can congratulate itself on having played a small part in this.