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Maeve Binchy

July 30th, 2012
maeve binchy

Open Letters Monthly mourns Maeve Binchy, teacher, talker, gentle seanchai.
Codladh samh, old friend.

Anthology Review: London – A History in Verse

July 30th, 2012
london a history in verse – hardcover

A sprawling new celebration of London in six centuries of verse!

Book Review: The Black Rhinos of Namibia

July 29th, 2012
the black rhinos of namibia

A gorgeously-written new book on the vanishing black rhinos of south-western Africa

Classics Reissued: Fevre Dream

July 27th, 2012
Fevre Dream

A new reprint delivers George R. R. Martin’s science fiction novel about 19th century American vampires!

Book Review: Conquest

July 26th, 2012
conquest – 2012

For thirty hard-fought years, the King of England was also the King of France – new in US bookstores is a thrilling account of those years

CD of the Week – Beethoven’s Viola

July 24th, 2012

Violas are the most overlooked of instruments, but not by Beethoven–an intriguing new release brings together his music for the violin’s deeper-voiced sibling

Book Review: The Second World War

July 24th, 2012
the second world war

A magisterial new one-volume history of the Second World War

Book Review: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

July 23rd, 2012

The novel’s greatest age gets a stunning, multi-voiced celebration

Book Review: Three A.M.

July 22nd, 2012
3 am – march 2012

In a fog-enshrouded city, a tough PI takes on a case that changes everything.

Book Review: Equal of the Sun

July 21st, 2012
equal of the sun

16th Century Iran comes alive in a new novel

Century 16, Aurora

July 20th, 2012
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In the wake of today’s news from Connecticut, we are reposting a note written by our Executive Editor following the shootings in Aurora earlier this year.

CD of the Week – Ernest Bloch’s Hebrew Rhapsody

July 18th, 2012

Natalie Clein delivers an extraordinary performance of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, in a disc featuring other classic Jewish music. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Guest Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

July 16th, 2012

Aurochs run amok in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” John C. Anderson reviews.

Book Review: The Taste of War

July 15th, 2012
the taste of war

A new book looks at the foremost weapon in war’s arsenal: food.

Now in Paperback: The Last Divine Office

July 12th, 2012
the last divine office – paperback

The bishops of Durham Cathedral were also secular princes who could settle legal disputes – and raise armies. A study now out in paperback gives the mighty cathedral and priory the history they deserve.

Book Review: Wake of the Bloody Angel

July 11th, 2012
wake of the bloody angel

The latest adventure featuring freelance ‘sword jockey’ Eddie LaCrosse is – avast! – a rollicking pirate-yarn!

Comics: Essential Spider-Man Volume 11

July 10th, 2012

The latest volume of Marvel’s “Essential” reprint line!

Guest Movie Review: Savages

July 9th, 2012
7Their next film together will obviously be about Luchadors

Oliver Stone’s new movie about drugs, violence, sex, and savages!

Now in Paperback: The Storm of War

July 8th, 2012
the storm of war

A new one-volume history of the Second World War ends with the big question: could the bad guys have won?

Book Review: Wellington’s Wars

July 5th, 2012
lawrence wellington

A new – and sometimes unforgiving – military history of the Iron Duke!

Anthology Review: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29

July 5th, 2012

The latest edition of the venerable science fiction anthology series!

On Blu-Ray: 21 Jump Street

July 3rd, 2012
21 jump street blu-ray

The raucous 21st century update of the old TV series gets its Blu-Ray release!

Guest Movie Review: Ted

July 2nd, 2012
5Well, this is awkward

“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane tries his hand at live-action comedy!

Roberts Saves POTUS and SCOTUS

July 1st, 2012
Roberts Saves POTUS and SCOTUS

We may never know with certainty what brought Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to cast the deciding vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act and salvage the chief accomplishment of Barack Obama’s presidency. But …

Tumblr Sphinx

July 1st, 2012

Computers – search engines, interactive databases, digital archives – have the potential to change academic research in ways the previous twenty centuries couldn’t have imagined. But are those changes improvements – or the end of expertise as we know it? Or both?

Humane to Hornets: The Poetry of James Schuyler

July 1st, 2012

The verses of the neglected poet James Schuyler seem to ramble, but they don’t really ramble; they seem dishevelled, but they aren’t; they seem miniaturist, but they contain whole worlds. Stephen Akey makes the case for your renewed attention.

Much God damned Entropy

July 1st, 2012

2012, a William Gaddis renaissance year, sees the reissue of the author’s awesome, strangely prescient 1975 novel J R. Greg Gerke and Gabriel Blackwell discuss their experiences tackling the tome.

The Twilight(ing) of the Superhero

July 1st, 2012
spiderman 2 poster

Nerdy teenager Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider – and a super-franchise was born! As a new blockbuster Spider-Man movie hits the summer theaters, Justin Hickey takes us on a tour of the character’s colorful – and often tortured – past!

A Measure of the Master: Georges Simenon’s romans durs

July 1st, 2012

The inventor of the beloved Inspector Maigret was gigantically prolific – hundreds of novels, churned out at lightning speed (80 pages a day, according to the author himself) – and in this as in many other things, Georges Simenon was a world unto himself.

In Advance of Failure Foreseen

July 1st, 2012
In Advance of Failure Foreseen

John Updike once affably damned James Agee as a wasted talent who failed to cultivate his craft. Liza Birnbaum replies with a defense of the glories of Agee’s ragged, heartfelt work.

Fort-da Logic

July 1st, 2012

Why do we play video games? And why do we RE-play them? And what the heck has Sigmund Freud got to do with any of it? Gaming guru Phillip Lobo looks at some new iterations of familiar old games and attempts to connect the dots.


July 1st, 2012

a poem

On the Scent: An Interview with Alyssa Harad

July 1st, 2012

The author of Coming to My Senses in conversation with our own example of a very special breed of aesthete, the perfume lover.

American Aristocracy: The Gods of Copley Square – Cornerstone

July 1st, 2012
bell cellar

Boston’s iconic Copley Square – with its Trinity Church and its Public Library – is a present-day tourist hotspot, but those visitors hardly suspect the deep and rich history of the area. American Aristocracy continues.

What the Duchess of Argyll’s Maid told Dicky Pigg-Wilcott’s Valet at Ascot in ’08!

July 1st, 2012

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was a cherished and beloved fixture of the British royal family for almost a century (and would certainly have stolen the show at her daughter’s Diamond Jubilee, had she lived to see it) – but a new book claims the Queen Mum was just an ordinary human being – and not always a very nice one

It’s a Mystery: “A good detective assumes nothing”

July 1st, 2012

Cop to Corpse, the 12th in Peter Lovesey’s Detective Supt. Peter
Diamond series, finds the master at the top of his form.

From the Archives: I Talk & Laugh & Listen

July 1st, 2012

She oversaw an shepherded the House of Windsor for a century and did more to shape its present character than anyone. Three years ago William Shawcross wrote an official and none-too-gossipy biography.

July 2012 Issue

July 1st, 2012

from Imeday Imeday Olladay Icklenay
by Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw