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A Poem Close to the Bone for Many in 2016

“I can tell something bad is happening in the world when my poem is surging,” says “Good Bones” author Maggie Smith.

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Draw Your Weapon!

“The Realist Cartoons” confirms humor as an essential tool for escaping the notion that our leaders are wise and benign stewards of justice.

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The Burn Pits

A former Marine exposes the contamination of U.S. soldiers at overseas military bases from open fire pits that incinerated everything from nuclear waste to corpses.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE



Much Ado About Very Little

What does it take to put on a Shakespeare play in a Midwestern regional theater? A new book seeks to answer this question, but far more interesting questions are left unasked. Why do these people devote their lives to their craft? Why does this particular play in this particular season for these particular people matter?

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Although the title is deceiving for those expecting the fast-paced heroics of James Bond, the reader will find that this account of a small group of ordinary people risking their lives to preserve their culture is an even more rewarding and essential story.

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‘By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O’Neill’

His creative career as one of America’s greatest playwrights is unmatched. It is as difficult to put down this exhaustively reported re-examination of O’Neill’s dark family backstory as it is to ignore fresh productions of his great plays.

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‘Where Memory Leads’

Holocaust scholar Saul Friedlander’s new memoir is riveting in its fierce intelligence and candor. Resilience shouts out to us from each page.

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‘The Field of Fight’

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who is set to become Trump’s national security adviser, writes in his new book, “[Religious war] created our world. The world badly needs an Islamic Reformation, and we should not be surprised if violence is involved. It’s normal.”

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Better Living Through Criticism

A new book by A.O. Scott, senior film critic for The New York Times and probably the country’s most influential film critic, is a reflection on the nature of art criticism itself.

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Frackopoly

A new book puts an unblinking floodlight on the coddled, corrupt and risk-driven fracking corporations, many of which are the financial progeny of robber barons.

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