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Title Menu: 6 Lyric Voices of Witness

January 1st, 2015
Title Menu: 6 Lyric Voices of Witness

The voice of poetry can often be the voice of lyric witness, turning our attention to moments in history that would have eluded us, or that might never have been felt as well as understood. These titles perform this function about as well as it can be done.

Our Year in Reading 2014

December 1st, 2014
Our Year in Reading 2014

Our unabashedly bookish editors and friends look back on some of the highlights from 2014’s reading.

Title Menu: A list of great political books that doesn’t include What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer

November 1st, 2014
Title Menu: A list of great political books that doesn’t include <em>What It Takes</em> by Richard Ben Cramer

Just in time for the November midterm elections, we do what doubters said couldn’t be done: we present you with a list of ten great political books that doesn’t include Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes.

Title Menu: 8 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Classics Hollywood Should Ignore

October 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 8 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Classics Hollywood Should Ignore

As Hollywood looks to science fiction and fantasy novels for the ‘source material’ of its newest CGI spectaculars, Justin Hickey picks ten sci-fi/fantasy books he hopes the studios never find and ruin …

Title Menu: 10 Minutes from Prometheus

September 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 10 Minutes from <em>Prometheus</em>

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, ill-served by critics when it appeared last year, is the finest sequel to the Alien movies yet made. Our contributing editor chooses ten exemplary minutes to make his case.

Title Menu: 10 Great “Minor” Works by Major Writers

August 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 10 Great “Minor” Works by Major Writers

The great writers of the ages were hardly (often) one-hit wonders. In praise of diversity, the staff at OLM celebrate the lesser-known b-sides of some pretty well known pens.

Title Menu: 12 Hot Summer Reads

July 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 12 Hot Summer Reads

It’s summer at last, and you won’t find any relief from the heat in our editors’ round-up of the hottest books they know.

Title Menu: 8 More George Eliot Novels

June 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 8 More George Eliot Novels

Middlemarch is all the rage now – as it should be! But what if you’ve already read not just George Eliot’s masterpiece but all of her novels? Do not despair: these eight books will bring you close to her in spirit.

Title Menu: 8 books where bad decisions make good protagonists

May 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 8 books where bad decisions make good protagonists

Characters never go wrong when their poor life choices make for fascinating reading. Kathleen Rooney supplies us with eight unmissable examples.

Title Menu: 10 Books that Might be Poetry

April 1st, 2014
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Are these 10 books collections of “poetry”? Does it matter? “As poetry” is the best way to read these hybrid titles.

Title Menu: 7 Books on Art Crime

March 1st, 2014
Title Menu: 7 Books on Art Crime

Art crimes aren’t really sexy: they are an offense against humanity. Leah Triplett offers up a catalog of recent studies that explain the criminal attraction to art.

Title Menu: Twoo Wuv

February 1st, 2014
Title Menu: Twoo Wuv

February would be unremittingly bleak if it weren’t for the excuse it gives us to ponder the meaning of love, that many-splendored thing. Our editors offer up their favorite literary treatments.

Title Menu: Books and Birth

January 1st, 2014
Title Menu: Books and Birth

Sam Sacks midwifes a new feature into existence with a list of books containing memorable scenes about childbirth.