Rachel Shteir

The Professor: Jill Lepore's Fatal Flaw
November 04, 2012

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

Get Real
August 07, 2012

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

The Revolution in Feeling
March 12, 2012

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

The Ass and the Meaning of Life
January 28, 2012

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.

Frequency Hopping
December 19, 2011

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

The Good Wife
November 28, 2011

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

The Uses of Tedium
June 12, 2011

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

The Call to Service
October 13, 2010

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