Displaying articles for: February 2012

The Guardians: An Elegy

Recalling a fallen friend.

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World on a Wire

Long before The Truman Show, the German director trapped his characters in a virtual world.

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No One Is Here Except All of Us

As war looms, a Romanian village chooses to reimagine the world.

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The Garden Intrigue

The latest outing of the Pink Carnation features Napoleonic espionage and love's triumph over some very bad poetry.

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The Annotated Emerson

A new collection helps readers to appreciate the "new yet unapproachable" American thinker.

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Watergate

The infamous cover-up  -- and the gossip surrounding it -- is at the heart of a novel about men and women vying for power.

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Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away

The strange allure of catastrophe.

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Earth Works: Selected Essays

A new collection highlights the Emersonian bent of a midwestern writer.

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Girl Reading

A debut novel hints at connections between seven bookish women scattered through time.

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

A woman renounces her strict religious upbringing.

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The Eiffel Tower

Scenes from an American family's sojourn in the City of Light, from the author's forthcoming memoir Paris in Love.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

An award-winning reporter's "uncompromising and important" new look at daily life in a Mumbai slum.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Eight new stories from an emerging master of the form seek "the narrow strait between hilarity and heartwreck."

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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.