This Is What Dickensian London Really Looked Like
June 09, 2014
Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life.
Charles Dickens Was Longwinded and Sometimes Unreadable—But Perfect
February 07, 2014
Two centuries after his birth, Charles Dickens's greatness is still up for debate.
Please, Liberals: Stop Abusing 'A Tale of Two Cities'
January 02, 2014
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.
Ten Other Posthumously Discovered Novels
August 26, 2013
If the reports are true, and J.D.
The Failure of British Guidebooks to America
July 15, 2013
Two new books attempt but seem like entries in a dying genre.
'What Maisie Knew': Is the Kid Alright?
May 03, 2013
This twenty-first century Henry James update is too cute by half.
Working in the Dark
September 28, 2011
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius By Sylvia Nasar (Simon & Schuster, 558 pp., $35) I thought I knew what this book was going to be about when I started it, but by the time I came to the end I was no longer sure.
On Tuesday, Parliament’s hearing on News Corp was abruptly interrupted after a protester rushed toward Rupert Murdoch and tried to hit him in the face with shaving cream. The protester was identified as British comedian Jonnie Marbles, who tweeted about his intentions before the attack. “It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before (at)splat,” he tweeted, riffing off Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. The incident caused an uproar, but Murdoch was certainly not the first public figure to be “creamed,” so to speak.
We Don’t Need Oprah’s Book Club
May 25, 2011
What does the future hold for Oprah’s Book Club? While the mogul’s final TV episodes—the last of which airs Wednesday—have brimmed with A-list celebrities, and her June magazine cover proclaims (in approximately size 48 font) a fond farewell to “25 years [of] ... the joy, the laughs, the lessons” on-air, the book club has received little attention from Oprah as the clock winds down on her daily talk show. The last selection for the club (Charles Dickens for the holidays) was a relative bust, and there is no reading-based show or segment currently scheduled on the OWN network.
February 05, 2010
Our political debates, our public discourse—on current economic and domestic issues—too often bear little or no relation to the actual problems the United States faces. What is at stake in our economic decisions today is not some grand warfare of rival ideologies which will sweep the country with passion, but the practical management of a modern economy.