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Sincerely, Sam Beckett

“I keep an eye on the love life of the Colorado beetle and work against it,” Samuel Beckett writes in this second volume of his collected letters. “… That is to say by throwing the parents into my neighbor’s garden and burning the eggs. If only someone had done that for me!”

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Incarceration—It’s Catching

Is the massive surge of imprisonment a contagious disease? Does the answer lie in the structure of our democracy? Two new books suggest so.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE

The Internet and Human Sexuality

The Internet, for the authors of “A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire,” is a boggling treasure trove of research on human sexual behavior.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE

What Does It Mean to Be Black?

Two new books take radically different approaches to questions of race introspection—one academic, the other anecdotal.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE

A Writer for All Time

Two new volumes—a biography and an anthology—shine light on G.K. Chesterton, an inhabitant of the twilight realm of the praised but unread.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE

Disasters Merging

Catastrophic convergence, the “collision of political, economic, and environmental disasters,” is the theme of Christian Parenti’s epic new book, “Tropic of Chaos.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2011 READ MORE

The Muslim World Brings Forth a Counter-Jihad

Robin Wright’s new book, “Rock the Casbah,” surveys the people of Islam a decade after 9/11 and finds they have turned not toward extremism but moderation.

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A Dud From ‘Darth’

As I mentioned to friends when I started reading Dick Cheney’s memoir, I was doing it so others would not have to. And, as a precaution, I did it alone in case my head exploded. It did not. This book is a bomb, but not the exploding kind.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE

Iraq and Afghanistan on Stage

“Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays,” edited by Karen Malpede, Michael Messina and Bob Shuman, steps into the moral vacuum left by politicians, corporations and religious leaders.

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Happy 50th, ‘Catch-22’

Joseph Heller’s brilliant satire on the absurdities of war and bureaucracy has hit the half-century mark. Commemorating the anniversary are the first full-scale biography of the novelist and a more personal project by his daughter.

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