Article Archive for May 2012
Last week on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, was asked to give his opinion about an advertisement the Obama campaign has been running. It was a cover story for days. It was a complete waste of everyone’s time.
The Artemis Quartet brings forth a brilliant recording of Schubert’s string quartets 13, 14, and 15 — that plus three notable new releases of the music of Shostakovich
In pre-war Peking, a young girl is brutally murdered, and an investigation is working against time as Japanese forces converge on the city. But the girl’s father wants justice, even if he has to find it himself.
A towering landmark of epic fantasy literature is re-issued in a pretty paperback!
An interview with Kim Newman, author of the fantastic “Anno Dracula” series of novels!
In the sequel to Kim Newman’s great “Anno Dracula,” the evil Count wages war – the First World War, to be exact – with the living!
The steady rush of talented new pianists can be overwhelming. Norman Lebrecht helps locate the gold from the dross.
The closest thing to a genuine ‘moose-whisperer’ finally gets around to writing the Bible on the species!
Can an enormous budget save an old, defunct board game about an old, defunct class of warship? Ask Mr. Anderson!
A sensible young widow tries hard not to fall in love with a dashing young playwright in the latest offering from good old Harlequin Romances!
The first volume in a magisterial new two-volume biography of the greatest Renaissance artist of them all!
the third and final reprint-volume of one of the greatest creative runs on Marvel Comics’ beloved title “The Avengers”
A popular French book about the daring assassination of a Nazi official in 1942 receives an English translation
Four new recordings celebrate the oft-forgotten Russian composer Mieczylaw Weinberg. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
a lush new time-travel romance arrives just in time for summer
The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is very nearly un-dead on arrival, according to our guest-poster, movie blogger John Anderson!
A lively new personality-driven look at the centuries of Roman rule in the British Isles
The posthumous memoir of a beloved Southern writer
The well-spoken son of a lesbian couple becomes a YouTube sensation – and an author.
A fantastic and important encyclopedic history of the long, torturous, often retrograde progress toward “Save the Whales”
Philip Glass’s ninth symphony has some of the minimalist traits listeners will expect–but also a number of surprises
In the latest Ian Rutledge mystery, a man walks into Scotland Yard, confesses to a long-ago murder, and shortly afterward is himself found murdered – and the game’s afoot!
Kirk and crew must conduct a rescue mission on a planet that disappears every three years – and is set to vanish mighty soon!
A heapingly generous helping of the letters of history’s most popular novelist
Not-quite-brothers search for their not-quite-mother in this colorful mini-series, now in a hardcover collection
In a clever ploy to extend the copyright of Sergei Rachmaninov’s music, Alexander Warenberg has fiddled with the composer’s second symphony to create a so-called “fifth” piano concerto. Norman Lebrecht reviews the results.
The latest selection of reprints from one of America’s most-praised novelists
Celebrate the merry month of May with a literary quiz from the fiendish Tony Hightower
A big, pugnacious account of the post-WWII world
Derek Walcott’s long Homeric tribute “Omeros” will likely stand as his masterpiece and reward detailed study for centuries. And as with Homer, even small fragments of the world can yield fascinating insights.
Brian Evenson’s work is a violent exploration of a violent medium: language. His new novel Immobility and the stories collected in Windeye continue that journey into dark territory.
The real mystery of Richard III is not the fate of his nephews, the Princes in the Tower, but why we never tire of telling and re-telling his story. What do we really see when we stare at his enigmatic portrait?
He survived years of dangerous exile, won his crown on the battlefield, and founded one of the most famous dynasties in human history – and yet we still haven’t embraced Henry VII. A spirited new biography seeks to change that.
Art, Truth, Data, Sex, and Facebook–rabble-roused by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal’s The Lifespan of a Fact, Max Ross connects them in a key to all nonfiction aesthetics
No form of literature seems as thoroughly doomed in the 21st century as the printed encyclopedia, but even dinosaurs can have rich and rewarding life-stories. Where did we go, before we all went to the Internet?
Ken Layne’s political writing is sharp and raucus, and a novel about a financially devastated near-future United States would seem like a perfect vehicle for more anger. But though that fire is still there, a gentle-but-compelling spiritualist tone has risen to to the fore.
Known as much for how she exited her life as for the poetry she wrote during it, Sylvia Plath remains a polarizing figure in the world of verse. What are we reading, when we subject ourselves to her poems?
In the latest version of the hugely popular video game – as in real life – you are the living culmination of all your past decisions, good and bad.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has made a career of joking about easy political targets – so what happens when she tries to deliver a factual inquiry of a serious subject? Nothing funny, as Greg Waldmann discovers.
This month sees the arrival of the long-awaited $250 million dollar Hollywood movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Avengers. Lost in all the hype is the rich history of the comic itself; Justin Hickey explores the convergence of pulp and pixels.
Randall Jarrell was suspicious of attempts to turn criticism into a science: he wrote as a reader, for other readers, with the work itself foremost in his mind.
A thumping mix-tape of dystopian fantasy and gangster noir, Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane defies easy categorization–but does it offer a story to match its stylistic bravura?
The clash between Brahmin liberalism and the legacy of slave-trading focuses on a monument to the men who redeemed a city and ransomed a nation. “American Aristocracy” continues.