Highbrow Lowbrow
May 28, 2012

Death at La Fenice came out in 1992, and since then Donna Leon has steadily produced a new case for Commissario Brunetti every year: with Beastly Thin

Deadly Locations
May 24, 2012

Tom Koch, a medical geographer, demonstrates how maps were critical to epidemiology long before the germ theory of disease was ever uttered, let alone

A Turn to Terror
May 23, 2012

In Stay Awake, Dan Chaon’s people have somehow reached middle-age but are still somnambulists stumbling through the after-effects of often unthinkable

Jonathan Swift in Karachi
May 22, 2012

Mohammed Hanif’s new novel, which follows on his wonderful debut, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, centers on Alice Bhatti, a janitor’s daughter and a Chr

Democracy's Temple
May 21, 2012

In his architectural history of the Capitol Building, Guy Gugliotta emphasizes—it is, alas, a timeless theme—how extraordinarily difficult it is to co

The Border Crossers
May 18, 2012

From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965 By John Connelly (Harvard University Press, 376 pp., $35) Across the violent years of the twentieth century, the Roman Catholic Church underwent a trial of conscience that ultimately brought about a radical transformation in its official doctrine regarding the Jews. Church tradition had long held that the Jewish people were abandoned by God and condemned to wander the Earth, their religion nullified by the new covenant with Christ.

How Low Can We Go?
May 17, 2012

Daniel Gross celebrates the flexibility and the robustness of the American economy, arguing that it enjoys many hidden strengths, and will expand in t

The Human Factor
May 16, 2012

Science, like art, is a human expression. Roald Hoffmann has given a great deal of thought to how to convey this truth, which lies at the heart of the

Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012

In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death

The Strategy
May 14, 2012

Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state statutes that criminalized gay sex was a constitutional landmark, and will remain