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Now in Paperback: The Book of Deadly Animals

April 28th, 2012
the book of deadly animals – april 2012

a fact-filled compendium of killer creatures!

Book Review: The Uninvited Guests

April 27th, 2012
the uninvited guestss

A darkly dazzling new Edwardian novel to tempt fans of “Downton Abbey”

Comics: Essential Avengers Volume 8

April 26th, 2012
warlock strikes

the latest black-and-white omnibus collection of the adventures of Marvel Comics’ super-team par excellence, The Mighty Avengers

CD of the Week – Elgar Conducts Elgar

April 25th, 2012

Every conductor tries to locate the key to Edward Elgar’s famous compositions — a new release lets listeners hear how Elgar interpreted himself

Book Review: That Woman

April 24th, 2012
that woman – sebba – use

A new biography of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom a King of England abdicated

Book Review: Dawn of Egyptian Art

April 23rd, 2012
babboon 3100 bc

A sumptuous catalogue of the earliest artwork from ancient Egypt

Book Review: Uncovering the Truth about Meriwether Lewis

April 22nd, 2012
uncovering the truth about meriwether lewis – feb 2012

a new book sifts the evidence for a few flash-point topics in the life of Meriwether Lewis

Book Review: The Weird

April 21st, 2012
the weird – april 2012

A gigantic new anthology of creepy, unbalanced, and openly threatening short fiction

Classics Reissued: The Marsh Lions

April 19th, 2012
zebras drinking

A new reprint of a classic book about a hardscrabble pride of lions in Kenya

CDs of the Week – Gustav Mahler

April 18th, 2012

A year after the centennial of his death, Gustav Mahler is still inspiring interesting performances. Norman Lebrecht listens to five newly released recordings.

Book Review: Elegy for Eddie

April 16th, 2012
elegy for eddie – april 2012

In the latest Maisie Dobbs novel, the clouds of war are gathering

Book Review: Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

April 15th, 2012
rosecrans baldwin

A talented young novelist writes a nonfiction account of living and working in Paris!

Interview with Tom O’Rourke

April 14th, 2012
tom o’rourke1

First off, thanks for joining us – and congratulations on writing a fantastic book! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Writing is not, as it were, your day job, correct?
It’s good to be …

Book Review: West Briton Story

April 13th, 2012
west briton story tp

A novel of 6th century England, full of blood and mud and love and valor!

Interview with Elspeth Cooper

April 12th, 2012

An interview with author Elspeth Cooper!

CD of the Week – Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Totus Tuus

April 11th, 2012

Music from the adventurous Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki finds a perfect match with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Now in Paperback: Berlin at War

April 10th, 2012
berlin at war

An exceptionally powerful history of Berlin’s rise and fall during the course of World War Two

Book Review: Songs of the Earth

April 7th, 2012
songs of the earth – march 2012

The valiant young hero of Elspeth Cooper’s debut novel must flee from a Church that condemns his growing energy-powers as evil …

Book Review: Mutants & Mystics

April 6th, 2012
mutants and mystics – april 2012

A new book explores the connections between superhero comics and the extraordinary beliefs of some of their creators

Book Review: Human Rights Watch World Report, 2012

April 5th, 2012
human rights watch world report 2012

The latest World Report of the Human Rights Watch draws a sobering – but still hopeful – picture of mankind in 2011

CD of the Week – Anton Rubinstein: Persian Love Songs

April 4th, 2012

19th-century Russian composer Anton Rubinstein has always been justifiably overshadowed by Tchaikovsky, but a new recording of his Persian music proves a surprising delight

An Interview with John Summers of The Baffler

April 2nd, 2012
anna and john photo

An interview with The Baffler‘s new Editor-in-Chief, John Summers.

The Baffler Returns

April 2nd, 2012
baffler 19 cover

The Baffler, an unapologetically radical journal that always punched above its weight, has had a troubled history. But a long-term publishing contract has rejuvenated it, and shown that an old formula is as relevant as ever.

Book Review: Love, Fiercely

April 1st, 2012
love, fiercely – march 2012

He was a taciturn, bookish heir to staggering wealth; she was a high-spirited nonconformist ‘new woman’ – and, in a lost era of privilege and social progress, they were very much in love.

Book Review: Empire of Shadows

April 1st, 2012
empire of shadows

A new book dramatizes the adventurous – and bloody – opening of the American West.

Good Enough

April 1st, 2012
Good Enough

A new book takes readers back to a time when, according to historian Ira Shapiro, politics could sometimes be noble and senators could sometimes be giants.

Into the Breach: Battle Royale and Hunger Games

April 1st, 2012

The box office record-setting movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is the latest incarnation of an unsettling children-as-prey plot that’s been with us in one form or another for a long time – and never more vividly than in Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale

Odi et Amo

April 1st, 2012

The work of the Roman poet Catullus has always challenged the received idioms of poetry and society, and a daring new translation both underscores and undermines that iconoclastic Catullan stance.

Downright Rude: Reading Catullus

April 1st, 2012

The raw sexuality of the Catullus’ love poems keeps them alive even today, and the things he implied about Julius Caesar STILL can’t be repeated in polite conversation – how do we deal with this young man who’s always making us feel just a bit uncomfortable?

The People’s Prisoner

April 1st, 2012

When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 2010, it was given to an empty chair. Its recipient, Liu Xiaobo, was in prison for advocating human rights in China. Though he is still incarcerated, a collection of essays sheds light on his thought and struggle.

Second Glance: Seth Morgan and the Kamikaze Novel

April 1st, 2012

With its headspinning wordplay and lunatic cast of characters, Seth Morgan’s 1990 novel Homeboy blazed like a comet into the literary pantheon. Steve Danziger revisits this grime crime classic.

On the Scent: Adventures in Perfume Layering

April 1st, 2012
DSquared HeWood

You choose a perfume, you apply it, and you let it live and breathe on your skin – but you never, never mix and match. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Our resident maitresse de parfums begs to differ – and shares some interesting discoveries

American Aristocracy – Harvard Pulpit: Boston Brahmin Liberalism

April 1st, 2012
MIT postcard

To the quintessential virtues the Puritans lent to a fledgling republic – globality, philantropy, and autonomy – the ‘speaking aristocracy’ of the Boston Brahmins added one more: the love of learning

Making the List

April 1st, 2012

Long-time critic John Sutherland’s latest book The Lives of the Novelists takes readers on a biographical tour of 294 creators’ lives. But does it work? Long-time critic Steve Donoghue and novelist John Cotter try to figure that out.

Designing Desire

April 1st, 2012

Steve Jobs, the visionary predator who founded Apple and forged a new way of thinking about technology, wasn’t a particularly nice man (as even his dutiful biographer must occasionally concede) – but was he a genius?

A Man Could Stand Up: On Downton Abbey’s Second Season

April 1st, 2012

Unlike the soap operas with which it is often dismissively aligned, Downton Abbey is defined by change rather than stasis – by its beautifully produced attention to social evolution.

It’s a Mystery: “The world is a great honeycombed thing”

April 1st, 2012

In Nick Harkaway’s altogether remarkable novel Angelmaker, blistering gangster noir meets Rabelaisian comedy

When She Was Lost

April 1st, 2012

One hundred years ago this month, the luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, with the loss of over 1500 lives. The centenary has released a flood of books, including some gems not to be missed.

from The Butterfly Nail

April 1st, 2012

a poem

“highly contrived and stylized”

April 1st, 2012

“Spending a summer night alone in Hannibal, watching the Mississippi River, staying in a rundown motel, and getting drunk by yourself … that’s a solid way to spend a day.” — A conversation with poet and cover artist Joshua Ware

Humanitarian Disaster Romance

April 1st, 2012

In The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson evokes the brutality of North Korea’s authoritarian regime by way of an over-the-top love story. Joyce W. Lee investigates whether torture and romance can coexist in one novel.

Dystopia Now

April 1st, 2012

A simpler, sleeker update of the dystopian 90’s classic Syndicate raises some uncomfortable questions about the here and now.

April 2012 Issue

April 1st, 2012

Joshua Ware
“Hannibal Missouri”

The OLM Quiz – No Fooling

April 1st, 2012

Quizmaster Tony Hightower presents another whirligig of literary trivia