Books

patricia highsmith

In defense of Patricia Highsmith

November 22, 2018 12:11 pm

As one who knew and liked the American author over many years, the picture painted by a new play seems unfairly partial

saul bellow

Saul Bellow: love the work, if not the man

November 15, 2018 11:58 am

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965–2005 by Zachary Leader reviewed

dreamers when the writers took power

Dreams of utopia before the Nazi nightmare

November 15, 2018 11:41 am

Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power, Germany 1918 by Volker Weidermann reviewed

japan

Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

November 15, 2018 11:23 am

Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present by Christopher Harding reviewed

anthony powell

Anthony Powell gets the superb new biography he deserves

November 12, 2018 11:12 am

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling reviewed

statue of liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a deeply sinister icon

November 9, 2018 5:50 pm

Sentinel: The Unlikely Origins of the Statue of Liberty by Francesca Lidia Viano reviewed

1918 armistice

Celebrating the 1918 Armistice resulted in thousands more deaths

November 8, 2018 2:49 pm

A week of dancing and flag-waving saw a sharp rise in casualties of the flu pandemic, as jubilant crowds helped spread the infection

robots

The ancient Greeks would have loved Alexa

November 8, 2018 2:15 pm

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology by Adrienne Mayor reviewed

Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East levison wood

Boys’ Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

November 8, 2018 2:07 pm

Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East by Levison Wood reviewed

drapery

Unfolding mysteries: the drama of drapery in Italian art

November 8, 2018 1:40 pm

Veiled Presence: Body and Drapery from Giotto to Titian by Paul Hills reviewed

insomnia marina benjamin

Insomnia is key to my creativity

November 1, 2018 11:00 pm

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin reviewed

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

In the garden of good and evil: the power of the poppy

November 1, 2018 10:47 pm

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis reviewed

hibernate all winter

If only we could hibernate all winter

November 1, 2018 10:39 pm

The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare reviewed

little edward carey

Horrors of the house of wax

November 1, 2018 10:32 pm

Little by Edward Carey reviewed

germaine greer

Germaine Greer continues to shock and awe

November 1, 2018 6:01 pm

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz reviewed

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird would probably not find a publisher in the age of #MeToo

October 28, 2018 1:10 pm

The kind of old-fashioned humanism espoused by Harper Lee is being left behind and replaced with radical, uncompromising demands

robert kagan liberal order

The end times of the liberal order?

October 26, 2018 11:19 am

Three new books chart the return of great power rivalry

heredity DNA robert plomin

Heredity is only half the story

October 25, 2018 10:56 am

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin reviewed

philip larkin eva larkin

A little of Philip Larkin’s letters goes a long way

October 25, 2018 10:48 am

Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936–1977 reviewed

chapo trap house

Chapo Trap House’s revolution fizzles

October 20, 2018 10:49 am

The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trap House reviewed

little women

150 years on, what makes Little Women such an enduring classic?

October 18, 2018 3:49 pm

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux reviewed

north vietnam

How on earth did North Vietnam prevail against the world’s greatest power?

October 18, 2018 3:38 pm

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945–1975 by Max Hastings reviewed

capitalism in america

Whatever America is searching for, Trump isn’t providing it

October 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Capitalism in America and These Truths reviewed

lost empress sergio de la pava

Manic creations

October 18, 2018 11:08 am

Lost Empress: A Protest by Sergio De La Pava reviewed

stormy daniels bed thunder

Stormy Daniels’s honesty issues

October 13, 2018 7:08 pm

Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels reviewed