Oct 8, 2016
A new book on ancient Egypt is full of fascinating material, including a re-examination of Cleopatra's death, a look at the fluidity of sexual identity, and a tale about being carried off by a hippopotamus.
Oct 9, 2015
"I deliberately assumed the calm and sober language of the witness, not the lament of the victim or the anger of the avenger It is you who are the judges" Those are the words of Primo Levi, one of the most essential writers of the 20th century -- particularly of the Holocaust" Those are the words of Primo Levi, one of the most essential writers of the 20th century -- and particularly of the Holocaust.
Sep 25, 2015
These six volumes of the work of W.H. Auden call to mind the great poet's comment on the writing of another author: "It is a book in which one can browse for a lifetime without exhausting its treasures."
Jun 27, 2014
This "biography of a book" presents James Joyce's "Ulysses" as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government's literary censorship during the early 20th century.
Feb 7, 2014
William S. Burroughs, the subject of a new biography, probes methods of subjugation -- drugs, torture, sex, laws, cults, brainwashing and language. Still, there is always “one Mark you cannot beat. The Mark Inside.”William S. Burroughs, the subject of a new biography, probes methods of subjugation—drugs, torture, sex, laws, cults, brainwashing and language.
Dec 27, 2013
This year, try reading instead of watching “A Christmas Carol,” and pay attention to its apolitical, even reactionary views on social change There’s more to this Dickens classic than Alastair Sims and the Muppets.
Sep 21, 2013
The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood's "dystopian trilogy" -- a vision of global disaster in the not too distant future -- is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood's "dystopian trilogy" is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.
Jan 23, 2013
MacDonald Harris is a writer "too good to be neglected," writes Philip Pullman in the introduction to this reissue of Harris' highly original 1976 novel "The Balloonist." Set in 1897, it follows a middle-aged Swedish aeronaut as he aims to sail over the Arctic in a balloon to the North Pole.Set in 1897, "The Balloonist" follows a middle-aged Swedish aeronaut as he aims to sail over the Arctic in a balloon to the North Pole.
Oct 28, 2011
"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!"
Dec 10, 2010
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.