"The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery."
—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British writer, critic
- ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Invisible Bridge’ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:26:01 GMT
- Rick Perlstein discusses the third volume in his series about the rise of the modern conservative movement in America.
- ArtsBeat: Honoring James Baldwin’s 90th Birthday in Harlem Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:08:37 GMT
- A portion of East 128th Street is to be renamed, part of a larger celebration of the Harlem-born writer.
- ‘The Mantle of Command,’ by Nigel Hamilton Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:18 GMT
- Nigel Hamilton argues that Roosevelt’s genius for military leadership has been underrated and overshadowed.
- ‘Malthus,’ by Robert J. Mayhew Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:09 GMT
- Thomas Robert Malthus’s ideas about population and scarcity have been invoked, extrapolated and polemicized for centuries.
- ‘Indonesia Etc.,’ by Elizabeth Pisani Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:57 GMT
- Elizabeth Pisani trekked 26,000 miles around the Indonesian archipelago, searching for what binds this disparate nation.
- ‘Ecstatic Cahoots’ and ‘Paper Lantern,’ by Stuart Dybek Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:45 GMT
- Fifty-nine short stories about love and other passionate longings, tinged with surreal potential, by Stuart Dybek, a master of the form.
- Crime: Yannick Murphy’s ‘This Is the Water,’ and More Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:33:10 GMT
- In Yannick Murphy’s thriller “This Is the Water,” the mother of two girls on a competitive swim team is having an affair with her friend’s husband.
- Philip Eade’s ‘Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters’ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:53 GMT
- An Englishwoman made a career of her marriage to the “white rajah” of a jungle protectorate in northern Borneo.
- ‘The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,’ by Tom Rachman Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:16 GMT
- The perplexed heroine of Tom Rachman’s novel explores New York City and travels the world.
- ‘The Magician’s Land,’ by Lev Grossman Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:08 GMT
- An exiled magician tries a risky heist in Lev Grossman’s novel, the final installment of a trilogy.
- ‘Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire,’ by Paul Sorrentino Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:11:06 GMT
- The poet and novelist Stephen Crane “raced through his life,” documenting war and poverty until his death at 28.
- ‘The Stories,’ by Jane Gardam Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:09:44 GMT
- In many of Jane Gardam’s stories, a figure from the past suddenly looms.
- ‘Reagan at Reykjavik,’ by Ken Adelman Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:08:44 GMT
- In 1986, the U.S.-Soviet meeting in Reykjavik seemed anything but a Cold War breakthrough.
- Inside the List Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:47 GMT
- With the debut of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” at No. 10, there are now three volumes related to Bill and Hillary Clinton on the hardcover nonfiction list.
- Editors’ Choice Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:49:34 GMT
- Recently reviewed books of particular interest.