A Tale of Two Men
January 23, 2012

It was not until December 25, 1991, that the red flag was lowered for the last time and the Soviet Union was effectively declared dead. Conor O’Clery’

It’s A Man’s World
January 19, 2012

Serious readers tend to believe, not wrongly, that books by pundits such as Chris Matthews aren’t worth much thought. But Matthews’s biography of John

Thriller Default Swaps
January 18, 2012

In The Fear Index, Robert Harris offers his take on the financial crisis that has engulfed the developed world. Unfortnately, this is not Harris’s bes

What is the Meaning of it, Watson?
January 16, 2012

Sherlock Holmes may be the most famous fictional character who ever existed and Doyle was the most popular writer since Dickens. But how could the man

The Closing of the Public Square
January 12, 2012

Both John Inazu’s Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Timothy Zick’s Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in

Wait, Is Miranda July’s Book Fiction or Non-Fiction?
January 11, 2012

There’s a moment in Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July’s hilarious and discomfiting first film, in which the director of a contemporary art museum and her assistant are fawning over a new show. “It really is amazing. It just looks so real,” the director kvells over what she believes is a sculpture of a discarded hamburger wrapper. “Oh, that wrapper is real,” says the artist, a young man with blond Fabio-style hair.

The Memory and The Pity
January 11, 2012

Robert Bober's new novel, like much of his previous fiction, is preoccupied with the question of how to give proper deference to memories that are har

Sex and Prophecy
January 10, 2012

David Lodge's novel opens just after World War II in England, when the seventy-nine-year-old H.G. Wells has just learned that he is dying of cancer. S

A Consequential Man
January 09, 2012

Carl Bogus is a fan of sorts, posthumously charmed by William F. Buckley’s wit and winning personality. More than this, Bogus grants enormous stature