Displaying articles for: January 2010

The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival

A new arrival in a sleepy Louisiana parish wakes things up in this sly small-town comedy. Read more...

Churchill: A Life

One of the most contradictory personalities of the 20th century turned out to be one of its most pivotal. Read more...

Manhood: The Rise and Fall of the Penis

A Dutch physician unveils the history -- both mythological and medical -- of a sensitive area. Read more...

The She-Devil in the Mirror

A tart-tongued society woman is the centerpiece of this audacious satire on a ruling class's way of life. Read more...

The Exiles

Three young Native Americans leave the reservation and try to make their way in the wilderness of 1950s Los Angeles. Read more...

A Good Talk

The novelist and editor offers an essay on the art of conversation worthy of Montaigne. Read more...

Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage, and Obsession

The author of Julie and Julia pens a follow-up memoir that cuts a little closer to the bone. Read more...

Becoming Jane Eyre

The creation of one of fiction's most enduring heroines makes rich fodder for a tale of a young writer's ambition. Read more...

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

A legendary work of graphic memoir reappears -- in all of its disturbed glory.

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John Brown's Trial

After his failed raid on Harper's Ferry, the man some called a traitor and others a hero was brought to a final, sensational trial. Read more...

Zoot Sims in the Jazz Loft

A horn player lost between eras, found again in a glorious new work of photography. Read more...

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.