Displaying articles for: November 2009

Salt to Taste

The chef-owner of the restaurants Hearth and Insieme offers a guide to the building blocks of sophisticated cooking. Read more...

Polar Obsession

Paul Nicklen's photography yields a visionary catalog of life at the ends of the earth. Read more...

Twisted Tree

A South Dakota town caught in the spotlight of a tragedy is revealed through a chorus of American voices that call to mind William Faulkner's Mississipians. Read more...

Hard Rain Falling

Down and out in Portland and San Francisco. Read more...

The Mower

That Andrew Motion's stately work has been slow to arrive on this side of the pond is a sad reminder of how much fine poetry Americans routinely miss... Read more...

The Lieutenant

Americans have often glorified the "First Encounter" of colonizing Europeans with indigenous people. Read more...

The Black Hole War

At the conceptual edge of astrophysics, two titans of the field battle over the shape of the universe. Read more...

Fall

On her fourth record, the popular vocalist and songwriter reveals some sharp edges. Read more...

The Ghosts of Belfast

A former IRA hit man is sent on a final mission -- by the shades of his victims. Read more...

Ford County

A collection of short stories from the celebrated master of the legal thriller offer a take on Faulkner's imagined Mississippi. Read more...

Farber on Film : The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber

Three and a half decades of a pathbreaking critic's work on film from Fuller to Fassbinder. Read more...

Poem Strip

At the end of the '60s, hedonism and terror collided with each other. Read more...

Revolution 1989

Why did the Berlin Wall fall precisely twenty years ago this month? Or is that even the right question? Read more...

Liar

A young woman's predilection for untruth hides an even more unsettling secret. Read more...

The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York

No matter the book or the artwork, Matteo Pericoli always celebrates unique points of view only he could provide, be it the undulating perimeter of Manhattan Island from its rivers; one of his children’s book characters; or a 397-foot, block-plus-long mural featuring architectural highlights from 70 cities from around the globe for John F. Kennedy International Airport. Read more...

The Way of the World

In Francophone countries, Nicolas Bouvier (1929–98) has the reputation of Bruce Chatwin: stylist extraordinaire and philosopher of travel. Read more...

Finch

From the author of City of Saints and Madmen, a detective story set in a shadowy city ruled by fungal invaders. Read more...

Crude World

A harrowing look at the conditions and consequences of the industrialized world's insatiable demand for oil. Read more...

Signal Morning

Will Cullen Hart returns to the sonic playground of Circulatory System, and to the balancing act between experiment and indulgence. 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.