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Racing Toward Mytilene

February 1st, 2017
Racing Toward Mytilene

Two and a half millennia ago, a war between Athens and Sparta drove Greek civilization to its knees. A new book explores what demagogues and democracies can teach us about the fall of nations.

The Man Moses

December 1st, 2016
The Man Moses

He challenged tyrants, parted waters, and bickered with God Almighty. Zach Rabiroff reviews a new biography of the Biblical prophet Moses.

Twilight Cowboys

July 1st, 2016
Twilight Cowboys

Once upon a time, Westerns were a staple of American fiction. Now they’ve all but disappeared. Zach Rabiroff asks why cowboys rode off into the sunset.

The Cute One Redux

June 1st, 2016
The Cute One Redux

A sprawling new biography looks at both the quotidian day to day life and the pivotal music of the “cute” Beatle, Paul McCartney.

Absent Friends: Darwyn Cooke

May 17th, 2016
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Editor Zach Rabiroff revisits the great masterpiece of the late Darwyn Cooke

A Period of Most Powerful Transition

May 1st, 2016
A Period of Most Powerful Transition

In his world-ranging new popular history Heyday, Ben Wilson looks at the Great Exhibition of 1851 as a focal point of the 19th-century grand dream of commerce and culture. Zach Rabiroff reviews.

Orestes in Spandex

April 1st, 2016
Orestes in Spandex

Fifty years ago, a daring writer and a quirky artist created an offbeat character who became one of the most famous superheroes in the world. A look at the early days of Spider-Man.

“The Strangest Teens of All”

August 1st, 2015
“The Strangest Teens of All”

The venerable concept of the superhero team dates back to 1940, but in 1975 Marvel Comics introduced a new team of X-Men – and an empire was born.

A Moon, A Girl … Romance!

July 1st, 2015
A Moon, A Girl … Romance!

Sure, we all know Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man – but what about the also-rans? Who played the Captain and Tennille to the Avengers’ Sonny and Cher? Zach Rabiroff looks at the heroes who didn’t quite make the prime-time cut.

Protean Things

April 8th, 2015
Protean Things

Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Tudor novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have made their way to the stage on the expert handling of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Zach Rabiroff had front row center.

Leviathan in the Offing

March 1st, 2015
Leviathan in the Offing

Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestselling In the Heart of the Sea will soon appear, but even the trailers raise rich questions: Why does this story still have the power to fascinate? A Moby-Dick fan ponders.

“Why, It’s I!”

February 1st, 2015
“Why, It’s I!”

Any new translation of a classic like Anna Kareninainevitably raises an awkward question: what was wrong with all the old translations? Debut writer Zach Rabiroff takes it line-by-line