More than once in these selected columns written for The Independent, Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson (The Finkler Question) highlights the improving effects of written works that challenge -- rather than just entertain -- us. But this wide-ranging collection, tackling topics as diverse as British politics, the Bard, bicycles, and the BBC in his trademark wry, rapid-fire style, is testament to Jacobson's ability to both entertain and challenge the reader.
If the daily newspaper ever completely dies, then so will the reign of the great columnists, writers who used to enter our houses every morning, as familiar and welcome as good neighbors. This anthology collects representative work from the journalistic pantheon that stretches from Mark Twain to Maureen Dowd.
Journalist Judy Pasternak turns her award-winning Los Angeles Times series about the shameful results of Federal uranium mining on Navajo lands into a book-length indictment of the government's callous treatment of a tribe of its citizens.
May 21: The musical smash hit Gypsy opened on Broadway on this day in 1959. The bestseller upon which the show is based, Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir Gypsy, told her life as a rags-to-naked success story, and added to…