Lucy Scholes in The Independent: I have something of a love/hate relationship with short stories. Too many mediocre offerings leave me despairing of the genre, but then a collection like Men Without Women comes along and all is forgiven, my faith restored in the recognition of how utterly perfect the medium can be – in the right hands.
from The Economist: “A MODERN Marx” was how The Economist described Thomas Piketty three years ago, when he was well on his way to selling more than 2m copies of “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”.
Jonathan Meades at Literary Review: Cities of spectacle are becoming this young century’s norm. The bling school of architecture is a global nostrum.
John Psaropoulos at The American Scholar: In seven years of nearly continuous protests, this one was the most articulate.
Theater Impressions For me a tragedy's most important act is the sixth: the resurrecting from the stage's battlegrounds, the adjusting of wigs, of robes, the wrenching of knife from breast, the removing of noose from neck, the lining up among the living to face the audience.
Heidi Ledford in The New York Times: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its first approval of a cancer drug that targets tumours with specific mutations, regardless of where in the body the tumour first took root.
Brishen Rogers in the Boston Review: “Amazon needs only a minute of human labor to ship your next package,” read a CNN headline last October.
Ethan Siegel in Forbes: The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the morning of November 7, 1940, is the most iconic example of a spectacular bridge failure in modern times.
From Wired: Pope Francis already has a reputation for barnstorming. His positions on poverty, on gay priests, and liberation theology would have been shocking enough on their own, but in contrast to the more conservative positions of previous popes, they were downright lefty.
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Andrew Huddleston at the Times Literary Supplement: One of the most interesting elements in Blue’s story is its charting of Nietzsche’s loss of faith, beginning in his middle teenage years.
Edith Hall at Prospect Magazine: Harrison is best known as the author of several frequently anthologised poems about his working-class childhood in the Leeds suburb of Beeston and his difficult relationship with his relatives.
Hilton Als at the NYRB: For Arbus the question was: What realities does reality represent? And yet she couldn’t bear making art that was “art”; like all those Russeks furs, painting belonged to a moneyed class, the world of connoisseurship.
Chauncey Devega in Salon: President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.
Diatribe Against the Dead The dead are selfish: they make us cry and don't care, they stay quiet in the most inconvenient places, they refuse to walk, we have to carry them on our backs to the tomb as if they were children.
Andrea Marks in Scientific American: The smell of coffee may urge you out of bed in the morning, and the perfume of blooming lilacs in the spring is divine.
Michael Chabon in Literary Hub: The tallest man in Ramallah offered to give us a tour of his cage. We would not even have to leave our table at Rukab’s Ice Cream, on Rukab Street; all he needed to do was reach into his pocket.
Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: The modern world gives us such ready access to nachos and ice cream that it’s easy to forget: Humans bodies require a ridiculous and—for most of Earth’s history—improbable amount of energy to stay alive.
AC Grayling in Prospect: War, then, has changed in dramatic respects, technologically and, consequentially, in character too.
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