Rachel Shteir

The virtues of this collection are overshadowed by Lepore’s campaign against popular historians.

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Get Real

Sincerity is not one of those philosophy books that bursts into a self-help manual. Magill has written a dense and intriguing cultural history, teasin

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The Sufferings of Young Werther, a heartbreaking, irritating, and occasionally funny semi-autobiographical epistolary novel about a young man’s

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I adore Crazy Horse, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about the Crazy Horse Saloon, the Parisian nude revue putting on a show called, appropriately, “Desirs.” Like many of Wiseman’s earlier films, this one uses shadows to illuminate its subject—in this instance, the intense anguish and the fantastical, melancholy, delicious illusions underlying carnal love.

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Frequency Hopping

Hedy’s Folly avoids the pitfalls of other books about Lamarr, starting with the star’s own memoir, Ecstasy and Me. These volumes ultimately fail to ca

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The Good Wife

Before there were desperate housewives, real housewives, and Good Housewives, there were witty housewives. Or there was one, anyway: Myrna Loy, whose

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Peter Toohey has written this short book defending drudgery. Dismissed in the past because it is not a big, passionate emotion like love or hate, bore

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The Call to Service

Butterfly’s Sisters is obsessed with how Western reformers, writers, and artists confuse prostitutes and geishas. Much of the book outlines how this c

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