Displaying articles for: October 2012

Back to Blood

A wryly observant take on twenty-first-century America through the life of one of its most colorful cities.

 

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Glittering Images

Celebrating great works of art in a state of hyper-articulate ecstasy.

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Spillover

When animal infections make the jump to human hosts.

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When America First Met China

The beginning of a complex relationship.

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My American Revolution

Can the ghost of 1776 be discerned in the highway-striped landscape of a twenty-first-century nation?

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Six Months in 1945

How the powers that had lined up against the Axis shifted positions to begin a chilly new conflict.

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Greatest Generation

Two defining voices of rock look back on lives of creative musical destruction.

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The Big Screen

From the earliest moving images to the latest blockbusters, a history of our shared love affair with the movies.

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It's Fine By Me

The acclaimed Norwegian novelist captures the angst of youth and evokes the work of Raymond Carver.

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There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

A record of conflict viewed through the lens of one author's life.

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The Scientists: A Family Romance

Unearthing family secrets while resisting the impulse to curry sympathy or self-mythologize.

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May We Be Forgiven

A sprawling aesthetic jumble of a novel finds a unified voice.

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Building Stories

An ambitious graphic novel documents the life of a nameless Chicago woman.

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The Voice Is All

Jack Kerouac's journey to the composition of On the Road was long, and filled with detours.

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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

3-D printers and the future of manufacturing.

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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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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."