Article Archive for June 2012
A thorough new book aims to give patients more power over their hospital experience
The amazing duo of Stefano Bollani and Riccardo Chailly return with the inter-war music of Ravel, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, and Victor de Sabata.
An amiable new book lays out the neurology behind food and eating
Mash-up fiction come to the big screen in “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”!
Now on Blu Ray: the 15th Anniversary edition of the award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Evita”!
A wonderful new book explores not only the Pleistocene era but the IDEA of the Pleistocene
A slim, fantastic new book on dead bodies, decay, road kill, and circling vultures! Happy summer!
In his CD of the Week recommendation, Norman Lebrecht discovers the brilliant exception to a rule, an aria recital disc worth buying
A heartfelt debut novel about an innocent young woman who comes to the court of Henry VIII – except she’s Anne Boleyn’s cousin, so innocence isn’t going to last very long!
The big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Rock of Ages”
Now in English: a richly researched and deeply moving history of the capital of the Third Reich.
A fiery new book condemns the evils of hunting
In John Lanchester’s new novel, a posh London street is hit hard when the housing bubble bursts
“Ultimate Fighter” Urijah Faber talks about life and goals in a new book
Against all expectations arrives a fantastic new recording of Vivaldi’s sonatas, courtesy of L’Estravagante. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
A new novel tells the story of two women who played a very dangerous game for the biggest prize of all: the throne of England
Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sci-fi epic finally arrives!
A fine and fact-filled new account of the War of 1812
A stunning and insightful new book about the ways modern American presidents go to war, stay at war, and exit war.
DC Comics re-creates its entire line of superheroes – including the Caped Crusader himself, Batman
A sharp new work seeks to get at the gory reality behind the Hollywood images of warfare.
These rare recordings illuminate the valuable contributions of the Russian composer (and contemporary of Rachmaninov’s) Nikolai Medtner
Veteran writer Ed Falco pens a prequel to “The Godfather,” featuring the rise of a crime family – and the story of a vicious strongman named Luca Brasi.
Can the Peter Jackson/Lord of the Rings approach work with the Brothers Grimm? Mr. Anderson tells the tale!
The long-awaited next volume in the ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes reprint line is finally here!
Disaster movie or disaster of a movie? Horror movie or horrible movie? Mr. Anderson disambiguates!
Just how powerful is Exxon Mobil? Who can they pay off and which governments are they propping up? Steve Coll’s new book explores the dark side of power and light.
Book reviewers are split on whether Toni Morrison’s new novel is a further triumph or a falling off. Or have these critics only found what they anticipated? We review the reviews, then we review the book.
She’s occupied the throne of Great Britain and the Commonwealth for 60 years, and in June Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. Three new biographies try to understand the woman wearing the crown.
As Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” takes movie-goers back to the world of his “Alien” classics, we take a look at the long and lively history of modern cinema’s most famous monsters.
Dubbed the Voltaire of science fiction, Robert Sheckley often denied that there was anything serious in his fabulations. But a new collection belies the claim, displaying inventive satire mixed with wisdom
His teenage years were blissfully misspent playing Diablo II from Blizzard, and now the company has come out with Diablo III – but can the relationship be saved?
“You come as opportunely as cheese on macaroni” is a terrible line, a symptom of all the reasons George Eliot’s Romola is a failure. But is failure really such a bad thing? Maybe a novelist’s reach should exceed her grasp.
McGeorge Bundy, Robert McNamara, RFK, JFK, LBJ–these were the best and the brightest of David Halberstam’s landmark study of American politics during the Vietnam War. The book is now 40 years old and its lessons are as vital as ever.
This picaresque classic by Colombian novelist Álvaro Mutis doubles as an extended valentine to the author of Heart of Darkness. Robert Latona revisits it.
Intertwining through Boston history: the rich, implacable music of Beethoven and the flinty austerity of the Boston Granite style of architecture – trace the connections, as American Aristocracy continues.
Carsten Stroud’s Niceville is a wildly edgy thriller with the heart of a dark comedy–our resident mystery maven reviews
photo by Jeff Proctor
Steve Donoghue takes the emperor’s box to thumbs-up or thumbs-down an array of Roman historical novels, as “A Year with the Romans” continues.
Felix Holt, the Radical may be one of George Eliot’s least-read novels, but its questions about a democracy that puts power in the hands of “ignorant numbers” still have both moral and political resonance.
Ian Manfred St. Cyr settles in with Maureen Waller’s Sovereign Ladies, a biography of “the six reigning queens of England” and suggests that the author’s headcount may be a little low.