Books

The Most Moving, Enlightening Novels About World War I
July 01, 2014

In honor of its 100th anniversary, a list of the most evocative and profound literature about the Great War.

Louis XVI Wasn't Killed by Ideas
This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history
June 27, 2014

This is what happens when you ignore the role of politics in intellectual history

The Lonely Life of an Outlaw's Daughter
Making sense of a childhood filled with violence
June 25, 2014

Maria Venegas’s debut book is a stunning mash-up of genres and themes—part personal memoir, part non-fiction account of a father’s violent life as a gun-slinging criminal.

Splendor in the Grass
The washed-out farmland look is popular this season
June 24, 2014

Cornfields are popular this season.

How the CIA Stole 'Dr. Zhivago'
The novel stood in subtle opposition to much that Soviet life tried to destroy
June 21, 2014

The novel stood in subtle opposition to much that Soviet life tried to destroy.

The Stickers Any Loyal Murakami Reader Will Really Want
June 20, 2014

Every time he mentions a weird ear fetish, slap a sticker on your novel.

Why Did Borges Hate Soccer?
Mass culture was anathema to the Argentine writer
June 20, 2014

"Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular,” Borges once said.

How to Pass Time on an Aircraft Carrier
Find the places that resemble bars, play dominoes, imagine a fated connection
June 17, 2014

If I ever get asked to design a carrier I’ll create more places like this, places that look properly like bars, cosy red-signed environments with lots of neon so you can feel like you’re in an episode of "Cheers" and enjoy a mirage of life back home.

Authors of 'Digital_Humanities': Printed Books Are Vital
June 16, 2014

The five of us writing for an audience of academic humanists and publishing our thoughts in book form is somehow “ironic,” but posting a Web diatribe about a printed object is not?

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