Displaying articles for: February 2014

Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Big Ma's World

The author of I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots on the inspiration for a character.

 

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Is the Internet revolutionizing global dissent?

 

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Quesadillas

A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

 

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Archetype

Spouses are for sale in the first volume of a new dystopian-future series.

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Perfect

A pair of damaged souls try to knit together worlds unraveled by circumstance.

 

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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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.