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Book Review: The Take-Charge Patient

June 28th, 2012
the take-charge patient – june 2012

A thorough new book aims to give patients more power over their hospital experience

CD of the Week: Sounds of the 30s

June 27th, 2012

The amazing duo of Stefano Bollani and Riccardo Chailly return with the inter-war music of Ravel, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, and Victor de Sabata.

Book Review: The Omnivorous Mind

June 25th, 2012
the omnivorous mind

An amiable new book lays out the neurology behind food and eating

Guest Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

June 25th, 2012

Mash-up fiction come to the big screen in “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”!

Blu-Ray Review: Evita

June 24th, 2012
madonna evita

Now on Blu Ray: the 15th Anniversary edition of the award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Evita”!

Book Review: The Last Lost World

June 22nd, 2012

A wonderful new book explores not only the Pleistocene era but the IDEA of the Pleistocene

Book Review: Life Everlasting

June 21st, 2012
life everlasting

A slim, fantastic new book on dead bodies, decay, road kill, and circling vultures! Happy summer!

CD of the Week – Arias for Guadagni

June 20th, 2012

In his CD of the Week recommendation, Norman Lebrecht discovers the brilliant exception to a rule, an aria recital disc worth buying

Book Review: At the Mercy of the Queen

June 19th, 2012

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!

Guest Movie Review: Rock of Ages

June 18th, 2012
6They Wanna Rock

The big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Rock of Ages”

Book Review: Hitler’s Berlin

June 17th, 2012

Now in English: a richly researched and deeply moving history of the capital of the Third Reich.

Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

June 16th, 2012

A fiery new book condemns the evils of hunting

Book Review: Capital

June 15th, 2012
capital – june 2012

In John Lanchester’s new novel, a posh London street is hit hard when the housing bubble bursts

Book Review: The Laws of the Ring

June 14th, 2012
the laws of the ring

“Ultimate Fighter” Urijah Faber talks about life and goals in a new book

CD of the Week — Vivaldi’s Chamber Sonatas

June 13th, 2012

Against all expectations arrives a fantastic new recording of Vivaldi’s sonatas, courtesy of L’Estravagante. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Book Review: Her Highness the Traitor

June 12th, 2012
her highness the traitor

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

Guest Movie Review: Prometheus

June 11th, 2012
7 Sorry dude, you’re too interesting to live

Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sci-fi epic finally arrives!

Book Review: The Weight of Vengeance

June 10th, 2012
the weight of vengeance – may 2012

A fine and fact-filled new account of the War of 1812

Book Review: Elusive Victories

June 9th, 2012
elusive victories

A stunning and insightful new book about the ways modern American presidents go to war, stay at war, and exit war.

Comics: The Court of Owls

June 8th, 2012
batman 1

DC Comics re-creates its entire line of superheroes – including the Caped Crusader himself, Batman

Book Review: The Last Full Measure

June 7th, 2012
the last full measure – march 2012

A sharp new work seeks to get at the gory reality behind the Hollywood images of warfare.

CD of the Week — Nikolai Medtner

June 6th, 2012

These rare recordings illuminate the valuable contributions of the Russian composer (and contemporary of Rachmaninov’s) Nikolai Medtner

Book Review: The Family Corleone

June 5th, 2012
the famiy corleone

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.

Guest Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

June 4th, 2012
6 The fairest of them all; seriously, I don’t get it

Can the Peter Jackson/Lord of the Rings approach work with the Brothers Grimm? Mr. Anderson tells the tale!

Comics: The Legion Archive, Vol. 13

June 3rd, 2012
legion 4

The long-awaited next volume in the ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes reprint line is finally here!

Guest Movie Review: The Chernobyl Diaries

June 2nd, 2012
5 There’s nothing creepier than Russian children

Disaster movie or disaster of a movie? Horror movie or horrible movie? Mr. Anderson disambiguates!

We Are Oil

June 1st, 2012
We Are Oil

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.

Peer Review: Home

June 1st, 2012
Peer Review: <i>Home</i>

Book reviewers are split on whether Toni Morrison’s novel is a further triumph or a falling off. Or did these critics only find what they anticipated? We reviewed the reviews, then we reviewed the book.

Keeping Up With the Windsors – The Invisible Woman

June 1st, 2012

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.

Endless Forms Most Brutal

June 1st, 2012

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.

The Dangers of Failing to Lesnerize

June 1st, 2012

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

Breaking Up With Blizzard

June 1st, 2012

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?

Macaroni and Cheese

June 1st, 2012

“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.

Second Glance: Halberstam’s Vietnam and The Anxiety of Power

June 1st, 2012

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.

Peruvian Pan Flutes

June 1st, 2012

a poem

Second Glance: The Conrad Connection

June 1st, 2012

This picaresque classic by Colombian novelist Álvaro Mutis doubles as an extended valentine to the author of Heart of Darkness. Robert Latona revisits it.

American Aristocracy – Beethoven In Granite: The Boston Brahmin Aesthetic

June 1st, 2012
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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.

It’s a Mystery: “Life is an ever-unfolding panoply of marvels”

June 1st, 2012

Carsten Stroud’s Niceville is a wildly edgy thriller with the heart of a dark comedy–our resident mystery maven reviews

June 2012 Issue

June 1st, 2012

photo by Jeff Proctor

From the Archives: Supping with Glaucus: A Tour of Roman Historical Fiction

June 1st, 2012

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.

Second Glance: The Radicalism of Felix Holt

June 1st, 2012

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.

From the Archives: Crowned and Anointed

June 1st, 2012

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.