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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July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).