Books

John Sutherland's Little History of Literature Skims Too Lightly Over Its Subject
February 20, 2014

Would readers be better off plumbing Wikipedia?

The Book Industry Is So Scared of Amazon, No One Will Talk on the Record
Except these people
February 20, 2014

The wary silence surrounding Amazon has ended up forcing a small handful of voices to serve as mouthpieces for the industry at large.

The Five Worst Books Ever Written By Great Authors
February 19, 2014

You may love these authors, but boy oh boy are these books doozies. 

Too Much Ambition Doesn't Always Break a Novel
February 19, 2014

The knock on Richard Powers is that his novels don’t sustain the weight of their ambitions. That's not entirely true in his latest. 

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth
A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology
February 17, 2014

A new history of the Lamaze technique explain the origins of our earth-mother, natural-birth fantasies.

Apparently Having an Opinion about Sex Is Now a Taboo
Maybe, possibly, there’s something wrong with your idea of what is sexy.
February 15, 2014

Jesse Bering's new book, Perv, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough.

ADHD Does Not Exist
February 14, 2014

An illness cannot be defined by it's symptoms, but for decades, that's what's happened.

The Writer, Seducer, Aviator, Proto-Fascist, Megalomaniac Prince Who Shaped Modern Italy
From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Silvio Berlusconi
February 08, 2014

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gabriele D'Annunzio was as famous as any writer alive and certainly as well-sexed. If his personal example was naughty, his political example was dangerous.

What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
January 31, 2014

How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

Charlie Crist's Achingly Bad Search for Self
January 31, 2014

He says he was never much of a Party guy, but that's just because he never really stood for anything.

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