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Guest Movie Review: The Master

October 2, 2012 – 6:01 pm | 924 views
Guest Movie Review: The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, featuring a thinly-veiled take on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology

Guest Movie Review: Branded

September 10, 2012 – 11:01 am | 341 views
Guest Movie Review: Branded

A visually surrealistic new movie about the evils of marketing and advertising run amok.

Book Review: The Caliph’s Splendor

September 8, 2012 – 10:37 pm | 382 views
Book Review: The Caliph’s Splendor

One of our best popular historians sheds light on the caliphate of Harun al-Rashid, where learning and culture flourished at a time when the West was mired in filth and chaos.

Book Review: Kiss of Steel

September 7, 2012 – 10:36 am | 373 views
Book Review: Kiss of Steel

The melodramatic first novel in a series set in a vampire-ridden steampunk version of Victorian London

Now in Paperback: King Stephen

September 6, 2012 – 9:35 am | 434 views
Now in Paperback: King Stephen

Now in paperback: the most comprehensive, opinionated, and even-handed biography poor unlucky oath-breaking King Stephen is ever likely to get – or deserve.

CD of the Week: Bononcini

September 5, 2012 – 10:46 am | 396 views
CD of the Week: Bononcini

Norman Lebrecht reviews a new recording of the music of Handel’s contemporary Bononcini–but which Bononcini are we talking about? In addition are three notable CDs for John Cage’s centenary.

Book Review: Reaper

September 4, 2012 – 10:14 am | 377 views
Book Review: Reaper

A fast-paced teen fiction re-imagining of Peter Pan and Wendy and the Lost Boys and Neverland, with a few side-helpings of goth, “Buffy,” and a certain boy wizard

Guest Movie Review: Lawless

September 3, 2012 – 9:55 pm | 424 views
Guest Movie Review: Lawless

Hollywood Next Big Things – past, present, and future? – share screen-time in a gritty tale of the Prohibition-era South.

Book Review: Legions of Rome

September 3, 2012 – 9:25 pm | 450 views
Book Review: Legions of Rome

A comprehensive – and visually stunning – overview of the mighty Roman legions and the world they helped to shape.

Book Review: Master and God

September 3, 2012 – 5:50 pm | 406 views
Book Review: Master and God

An ambitious historical novel about the dark days of the emperor Domitian by the popular mystery author Lindsey Davis.

Now in Paperback: Hadrian

September 3, 2012 – 10:30 am | 435 views
Now in Paperback: Hadrian

A lavishly illustrated biography of the Roman emperor Hadrian – now in bookstores in paperback – takes readers inside the world of an empire (and its ruler) undergoing one long identity crisis

Now in Paperback: Arguably

September 2, 2012 – 12:01 am | 590 views
Now in Paperback: Arguably

Now in a bright yellow paperback: a generous helping of essays, provocations, and tirades by the late Christopher Hitchens.

Book Review: Venice from the Water

August 31, 2012 – 10:42 am | 375 views
Book Review: Venice from the Water

Before the advent of modern times, every visitor to Venice approached the city slowly, from the water – and according to a visually-stunning new book, Venetians very much wanted it that way.

Book Review: Venice & Vitruvius

August 30, 2012 – 12:39 am | 400 views
Book Review: Venice & Vitruvius

The ancient Roman architect Vitruvius influenced the Renaissance architect Alberti, who in turn influenced the architect Palladio and the humanist Barbaro – a strong new book traces the genealogy.

CD of the Week – Homage to Glenn Gould

August 29, 2012 – 12:33 am | 422 views
CD of the Week – Homage to Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould would have turned 80 next month; his legacy is celebrated with a diverse and sometimes instrumentally daring homage

Book Review: Venice – History of the Floating City

August 27, 2012 – 7:43 am | One Comment | 537 views
Book Review: Venice – History of the Floating City

A new social history of Venice takes readers well beyond the myth and delves into the lives of the people – princes, merchants, women, immigrants – who brought the city to life

Guest Movie Review: The Apparition

August 27, 2012 – 1:04 am | One Comment | 446 views
Guest Movie Review: The Apparition

The Twilight film series will finally be coming to a close this fall, and with it the free rides of many of the young actors and actresses who made names for themselves in their roles …

Book Review: The Men Who Would Be King

August 27, 2012 – 1:03 am | 350 views
Book Review: The Men Who Would Be King

Elizabeth I’s radical decision to remain unmarried gave hope to every aspiring suitor in the Western world – a new reprint marches us quickly through the usual suspects.

Book Review: Dialectical Disputations

August 25, 2012 – 10:05 am | 372 views
Book Review: Dialectical Disputations

Lorenzo Valla, whose exposure of the “Donation of Constantine” was the opening salvo of modern humanism, spent years writing one long argument with Aristotle, now fully translated for the first time.

Now in Paperback: Fear Itself

August 23, 2012 – 11:34 pm | One Comment | 543 views
Now in Paperback: Fear Itself

In one of Marvel Comics’ grandest recent story-arcs, the Avengers square off against the Norse god of fear and his mind-controlled hammer-wielding henchmen

From the Archives: DC Comics Classics Library

August 23, 2012 – 11:34 pm | 382 views
From the Archives: DC Comics Classics Library

DC Comics Classics Library
The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Life and Death of Ferro Lad
Jim Shooter (script)
Curt Swan (art)
Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore
Denny O’Neil (script)
Curt Swan (art)
DC Comics, 2009
The most common misconception about comic books is that they’re …

Book Review: The Lucky Ones

August 22, 2012 – 11:33 pm | 350 views
Book Review: The Lucky Ones

An emotionally stunning memoir about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, where animals once fated for the slaughterhouse are given normal, happy lives

From the Archives: Buffalo in the House

August 22, 2012 – 10:08 pm | 360 views
From the Archives: Buffalo in the House

A Buffalo in the House, The Extraordinary story of Charlie and His Family
R. D. Rosen
Random House, 2007
Now out in paperback is R.D. Rosen’s entertaining and enormously moving A Buffalo in the House, the story of …

CD of the Week – Nicola Benedetti

August 22, 2012 – 1:51 am | 366 views
CD of the Week – Nicola Benedetti

Wunderkind violinist Nicola Benedetti delivers her best album to date with this thoughtful selection of concertos and film themes

Guest Movie Review: ParaNorman

August 20, 2012 – 8:21 pm | 2 Comments | 507 views
Guest Movie Review: ParaNorman

A creepy, touching stop-motion masterpiece from the creators of “Coraline”

Book Review: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

August 20, 2012 – 9:03 am | 379 views
Book Review: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

Best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s new novel tells the story of Anne and Isabel Neville, the Wars of the Roses … and a certain misunderstood bad boy.

Book Review: Terrible Swift Sword

August 19, 2012 – 9:28 pm | 375 views
Book Review: Terrible Swift Sword

An engaging – perhaps a touch too engaging – new biography of fourth four-star general in U.S. history: Phil Sheridan

Classics Reissued: The Brontes

August 17, 2012 – 10:06 am | 375 views
Classics Reissued: The Brontes

The passionate, complicated Bronte family is the subject of Juliet Barker’s massive, definitive biography, now given a sumptuous new edition

Book Review: James Madison

August 16, 2012 – 9:19 am | 384 views
Book Review: James Madison

An accessible, well-researched new biography takes a largely approving look at America’s fourth president, James Madison.

Guest Blu-Ray Review: The Lorax

August 15, 2012 – 8:02 am | 2 Comments | 568 views
Guest Blu-Ray Review: The Lorax

Dr Seuss’ beloved children’s classic about environmentalism gets a less-than-lovable Hollywood remake