Displaying articles for: February 2008

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

The story of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate becomes a tale of a pivotal moment in American moviemaking. Read more...

The Spa

Fay Weldon channels Boccaccio from inside the hot tub. Read more...

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

A journalist turned birder examines the connection between the human and avian soul. Read more...

Toga Tabloid: The Lives of the Caesars

Michael Dirda on the gripping, gossipy style of the Roman historian Suetonius. Read more...

Homecoming

The author of The Reader returns with the tale of a search for a lost father -- and a confrontation with a Nazi apologist's past. Read more...

Let 'Em Play!

Jon Sciescka's new Trucktown books take a stand: kids just want to have fun. Read more...

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970's Changed America

The heirs of Lenny Bruce and the comedy world they made. Read more...

The Modern Element

A celebrated critic oversees the landscape of contemporary verse. Read more...

Beautiful Children

A child disappears into the heart of a Las Vegas night. Read more...

Lincoln & The Court

An account of Lincoln's wartime struggles on the legal front. Read more...

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky

Katherine A. Powers on the brooding, dipsomaniac London of Patrick Hamilton. Read more...

A Short History of the American Stomach

An analysis of the culture of consumption -- literally speaking. Read more...

Sharp Teeth

A darkly comic fable about man's feral side -- set in verse. Read more...

Homo Politicus: The Strange and Barbaric Tribes of the Beltway

A veteran political reporter turns in Margaret Mead?style satire of legislators and lobbyists. Read more...

How the Dead Dream

The author of O Pure and Radiant Heart spins a modern fable of an eco-warrior's awakening. Read more...

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

The author of A Problem from Hell on a career in ambitious pursuit of peace. Read more...

His Illegal Self

The child of two fugitive activists goes on the run himself, in search of his parents. Read more...

The Reserve

Russell Banks stages a clash between haves and have-nots against an Adirondack background. Read more...

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

A historian tracks the cataclysmic effects of the American Civil War on the psyche of a nation. Read more...

Flann O'Brien: The Complete Novels

Thomas De Pietro on the explosive imagination of an enigmatic Irish writer. Read more...

Song Yet Sung

James McBride's novel tracks a young girl's escape from slavery, a decade before the Civil War. Read more...

Swimming in a Sea of Death

Journalist and author David Rieff writes a memoir -- and a memorial -- of his mother, Susan Sontag. 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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.