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Nigel Warburton on Why Video Games Are Good

In Tom Chatfield’s “Fun Inc.,” the case is made that far from corrupting popular culture and turning its addicted users into “blinking lizards,” video games can help us be happier and live better.

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Larry Blumenfeld on Nat Hentoff

A new collection of writings by one of America’s greatest self-described Jewish atheists distills the essence of his half-century defense of civil liberties and jazz—the nation’s most original and influential art.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Caroline Moorehead on the Exemplary Life of Lesley Blanch

A new biography of the remarkable writer Lesley Blanch suggests that living well—which may be the same thing as living passionately—is the best way of blunting the force of time’s arrow.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



Troy Jollimore on Markets and Morality

Debra Satz’s new book, “Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale,” raises timely and morally difficult questions about capitalism and free choice and collective and individual rights.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Ruth Scurr on Paris

This is the Paris you never knew: From the Revolution to the present, two new books deliver a series of astonishing stories, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Peter Brooks on the Dreyfus Affair

In her rich and nuanced book, Oxford historian Ruth Harris succeeds in restoring a face to a man often seen mainly as a symbol.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Shelton on Arctic Exploitation

Is it too much to hope that a region once revered by its native people will be respected by those who now seek its riches? Three recent books delve into the matter.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE



David Kipen on ‘Freedom’s Orator’

Robert Cohen succeeds in drawing Mario Savio back into the historical spotlight, though his biography of the 1960s student firebrand is stingy with details.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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André Naffis-Sahely on Mahmoud Darwish

André Naffis-Sahely looks at three volumes—“A River Dies of Thirst,” “Mural” and “If I Were Another”—that helped make poet/author Mahmoud Darwish a pillar of Palestinian literature.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Zachary Karabell on ‘Capitalism and the Jews’

Jerry Z. Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, provides in his provocative new book a fresh look at a subject that, to say the least, has been both thoroughly misunderstood and a forbidden, even taboo, topic.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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