Life, Inc.

In an illustrated review, Ward Sutton ponders the brand-bound destiny depicted in Douglas Rushkoff's Life, Inc.

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The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

Ward Sutton's cartoon review finds the groove in Robert Boswell's The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards.

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Ward Sutton on Rapt

Ward Sutton's cartoon review of Winifred Gallagher's new study.

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The Sound of Freedom

Ward Sutton's cartoon review looks at Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert.

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Under Their Thumb

In this month's cartoon review Ward Sutton looks at Under Their Thumb, the true tale of a Brooklyn teenager's improbable trip into the inner sanctums of the Rolling Stones.

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The Women

In the debut of a new feature, Ward Sutton looks at The Women, T.C. Boyle's novel on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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About the Columnist
Ward Sutton’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the Village Voice, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire, The New Yorker, and on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

Ward's Drawn to Read appears monthly in the Barnes & Noble Review. Click here to see the complete Drawn to Read archive.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."