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Warning From a ‘Burning Land’

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.

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‘Reality’ Revisited

Because society has moved into new realms of storytelling, traditional conventions, especially the standard, Victorian formula of the novel, are passé, David Shields argues in “Reality Hunger.” The contours of fact and fiction are now blurred, so why can’t the novel—or the biography, for that matter—be just as mixed up and piecemeal?

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Springs a Leak

A former staffer’s new book punctures the shell around the whistle-blower organization and leaks a river of inside information—including dirt on Julian Assange and the startling assertion that the website’s system is now technologically crippled.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



Blood and Suicide

Linda Gray Sexton, a survivor of suicide attempts, explores her bitter-sweet connections to her mother, famed poet and suicide victim Anne Sexton, and delves into a force that takes tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. each year.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



Make War, Not Love

The anti-war publications of the Vietnam era have given way to how-to manuals by former military men who seldom deal with moral aspects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Twain’s ‘Hundred-Year Book’

You wouldn’t really expect Mark Twain to go about the business of composing his autobiography in a conventional manner, now would you? The iconic American author’s personal history, released in full this fall after a century, is quite an extraordinary tale—as is the story behind its creation.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



Mencken, a Curmudgeon for the Ages

There can’t be many newspapermen whose work bears rereading after more than 80 years, but Mencken is one. The six volumes of his collected “Prejudices” are cocksure about everything, but whether they are right or boneheaded, one hardly cares.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



Memoirs of an Odd One In

Garry Wills, the greatest political commentator of our time, belongs to no trendy circles unless the circle could extend backward in time to one of his most profound influences, G.K. Chesterton.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



America the Material

Berman pulls no punches in laying bare the truths about who we are, not just as a nation, but also as individuals wrapped up in the destructive pursuit of material excess. In the unswerving style of his other writings, he rips apart the national illusion of greatness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



Three Novels That Knocked Me Out

As Virginia Woolf said in describing the library of her elusive character Jacob, “anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.” I offer you the following three novels with extravagant enthusiasm.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


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