Article Archive for April 2012
a fact-filled compendium of killer creatures!
A darkly dazzling new Edwardian novel to tempt fans of “Downton Abbey”
the latest black-and-white omnibus collection of the adventures of Marvel Comics’ super-team par excellence, The Mighty Avengers
Every conductor tries to locate the key to Edward Elgar’s famous compositions — a new release lets listeners hear how Elgar interpreted himself
A new biography of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom a King of England abdicated
A sumptuous catalogue of the earliest artwork from ancient Egypt
a new book sifts the evidence for a few flash-point topics in the life of Meriwether Lewis
A gigantic new anthology of creepy, unbalanced, and openly threatening short fiction
A new reprint of a classic book about a hardscrabble pride of lions in Kenya
A year after the centennial of his death, Gustav Mahler is still inspiring interesting performances. Norman Lebrecht listens to five newly released recordings.
In the latest Maisie Dobbs novel, the clouds of war are gathering
A talented young novelist writes a nonfiction account of living and working in Paris!
First off, thanks for joining us – and congratulations on writing a fantastic book! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Writing is not, as it were, your day job, correct?
It’s good to be …
A novel of 6th century England, full of blood and mud and love and valor!
An interview with author Elspeth Cooper!
Music from the adventurous Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki finds a perfect match with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
An exceptionally powerful history of Berlin’s rise and fall during the course of World War Two
The valiant young hero of Elspeth Cooper’s debut novel must flee from a Church that condemns his growing energy-powers as evil …
A new book explores the connections between superhero comics and the extraordinary beliefs of some of their creators
The latest World Report of the Human Rights Watch draws a sobering – but still hopeful – picture of mankind in 2011
19th-century Russian composer Anton Rubinstein has always been justifiably overshadowed by Tchaikovsky, but a new recording of his Persian music proves a surprising delight
An interview with The Baffler‘s new Editor-in-Chief, John Summers.
The Baffler, an unapologetically radical journal that always punched above its weight, has had a troubled history. But a long-term publishing contract has rejuvenated it, and shown that an old formula is as relevant as ever.
He was a taciturn, bookish heir to staggering wealth; she was a high-spirited nonconformist ‘new woman’ – and, in a lost era of privilege and social progress, they were very much in love.
A new book dramatizes the adventurous – and bloody – opening of the American West.
A new book takes readers back to a time when, according to historian Ira Shapiro, politics could sometimes be noble and senators could sometimes be giants.
The box office record-setting movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is the latest incarnation of an unsettling children-as-prey plot that’s been with us in one form or another for a long time – and never more vividly than in Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale
The work of the Roman poet Catullus has always challenged the received idioms of poetry and society, and a daring new translation both underscores and undermines that iconoclastic Catullan stance.
The raw sexuality of the Catullus’ love poems keeps them alive even today, and the things he implied about Julius Caesar STILL can’t be repeated in polite conversation – how do we deal with this young man who’s always making us feel just a bit uncomfortable?
When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 2010, it was given to an empty chair. Its recipient, Liu Xiaobo, was in prison for advocating human rights in China. Though he is still incarcerated, a collection of essays sheds light on his thought and struggle.
With its headspinning wordplay and lunatic cast of characters, Seth Morgan’s 1990 novel Homeboy blazed like a comet into the literary pantheon. Steve Danziger revisits this grime crime classic.
You choose a perfume, you apply it, and you let it live and breathe on your skin – but you never, never mix and match. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Our resident maitresse de parfums begs to differ – and shares some interesting discoveries
To the quintessential virtues the Puritans lent to a fledgling republic – globality, philantropy, and autonomy – the ‘speaking aristocracy’ of the Boston Brahmins added one more: the love of learning
Long-time critic John Sutherland’s latest book The Lives of the Novelists takes readers on a biographical tour of 294 creators’ lives. But does it work? Long-time critic Steve Donoghue and novelist John Cotter try to figure that out.
Steve Jobs, the visionary predator who founded Apple and forged a new way of thinking about technology, wasn’t a particularly nice man (as even his dutiful biographer must occasionally concede) – but was he a genius?
Unlike the soap operas with which it is often dismissively aligned, Downton Abbey is defined by change rather than stasis – by its beautifully produced attention to social evolution.
In Nick Harkaway’s altogether remarkable novel Angelmaker, blistering gangster noir meets Rabelaisian comedy
One hundred years ago this month, the luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, with the loss of over 1500 lives. The centenary has released a flood of books, including some gems not to be missed.
“Spending a summer night alone in Hannibal, watching the Mississippi River, staying in a rundown motel, and getting drunk by yourself … that’s a solid way to spend a day.” — A conversation with poet and cover artist Joshua Ware
In The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson evokes the brutality of North Korea’s authoritarian regime by way of an over-the-top love story. Joyce W. Lee investigates whether torture and romance can coexist in one novel.
A simpler, sleeker update of the dystopian 90’s classic Syndicate raises some uncomfortable questions about the here and now.
Quizmaster Tony Hightower presents another whirligig of literary trivia