Fly Me to the Moon
Ed Belbruno doesn't sit still easily. On a sunny, winter afternoon, he perches at the edge of his sofa talking about his latest book, Fly Me to the Moon (Princeton University Press), and about chaos. Specifically chaos theory.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Divided We Stand: Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
In his sprawling new book, Nixonland (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Rick Perlstein, a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, a liberal public policy shop, and the author of a well-acclaimed biography of Barry Goldwater, describes an apocalyptic battle waged by two groups of Americans – forerunners of today’s Democrat and Republican parties – each convinced of its own morality and of the other’s irredeemable evil.
Elif Shafak: Writing with Black Ink
Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants
Immigration has always been a touchstone of America's cultural and ethnic diversity. Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants. As such, we celebrate our nation’s welcoming embrace to those who have sought political, economic and artistic freedom.
In the Footsteps of a Twentieth Century Explorer
Interview – Lynn Miller
Istanbul, Memories, and the City
Locus Amoenus by Victoria Alexander
Meditations, Wise and Gentle: A Review of The Wild Braid
Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal
Public Radio: Behind the Voices
Review of Gulliver as Slave Trader: Racism Reviled
It may be true that after centuries of critical readers, one such scholar would uncover something not-so-new about Gulliver’s Travels. In her recently published book, Gulliver as Slave Trader: Racism Reviled by Jonathan Swift, Elaine L. Robinson shines light onto a text that many scholars believe they have “figured out” within the past three hundred years.
The Loveliest Woman in America
One cold, icy night in the dead of winter, 1938, Rosamond Pinchot – scion of a prominent East Coast family, and world-famous as a “long-legged beauty” who once was the toast of Broadway – committed suicide. And she did it in style, albeit a grimly premeditated one, as Bibi Gaston recounts in The Loveliest Woman in America, her highly readable, compelling personal memoir of three generations of her pedigreed family’s troubled history.
The Road to Home: Rachel Simon’s The Story of Beautiful Girl
The Strangely Distorted and Weirdly Elongated World of James Bond
The first James Bond novel, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, appeared in 1953, just as the Korean War was coming to an end and the C.I.A. was planning the removal of Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh from office in Iran.
Thinking Otherwise on Turkey: Anatolian Days and Nights
Tribal Truths And Common Struggles: A Review of Hillbilly Elegy
What Feeds Us by Diane Lockward
In Diane Lockward’s collection of poems What Feeds Us fruit takes on many forms: the miracle of an artichoke in New Jersey, bliss in blueberries, people as pickles, the pear as a seducer, comfort, wanting, nourishment, all cooked up in a collection with quark and zest, the likes of a “pine cone gone awry.”