Displaying articles for: April 2013

My Beloved Brontosaurus

Our fascination with dinosaurs is in no danger of extinction.

 

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The Last Men on Top: Breadwinners

A feminist takes a probing look at the Mad Men generation.

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The Magic of Saida

A multiracial man returns to the African town of his birth, to confront a mystery of poetry and identity.

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Merchant, Soldier, Sage

A look at history through the lens of three "castes" who have competed and collaborated to shape human societies.

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The Movement of Stars

Charting a love affair between astronomers from worlds apart.

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The Little Prince at Seventy

Can a symbol of innocence grow up with its readers?

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The Eleven

The rise of a painter amid the French Revolution and the Terror that followed.

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Trading Bases

How a Wall Street trader raised the stakes of the national pastime.

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The Faithful Executioner

The journal of a sixteenth-century headsman gives a view of early modern life from its terminus.

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A Long Day at the End of the World

Deep in the heart of Georgia, an undertaker's secret refuses to stay buried.

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Gun Guys

A reporter's quest to learn of arms, and the varied Americans who bear them.

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The Burn Palace

A supernatural thriller that defies genre conventions and the "guilty pleasure" principle.

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Top Dog

Dispelling the myths of victory, and unpacking the true motives behind competitive spirit.

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The Letters of William Gaddis

The candid correspondence of a 20th century literary innovator. 

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Life after Life

History repeats itself -- with variations -- in an inventive epic from the creator of the Jackson Brodie novels.

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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.