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Reviews & Essays

The Great Archimedes

The legendary mathematician and his tragic fate.

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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

A new life of one of the great masters of Hollywood spectacle, a restless and reckless pursuer of excess.

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Geographies of Mars

The Red Planet has inspired scientific fantasies ranging from little green men to monstrous canal-builders.

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Infinite City

Twenty-two versions of San Francisco, in the form of revelatory, provocative maps.

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Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon

The poet remembered for his witty treatment of love lived on the razor's edge of 17th-century political intrigue.

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Barbecue

Was the pig roast the most important discovery Europeans made in the New World?

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Create Dangerously

The award-winning novelist on the suffering in her Haitian birthplace, and the role of the immigrant artist.

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The Last Utopia

An argument that one of the core beliefs of our age was only recently invented.

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A Short History of Celebrity

A cultural historian tracks the rise and rise of the culture of fame, from Byron to Cary Grant and beyond.

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