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Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (Nan Talese, Doubleday New York, 2017) Conceits like those employed by Ian McEwan in his new novel, “Nutshell”, rarely succeed. Concocted points of view, skewed voices, or ghostly and enigmatic tale-tellers (such conceits were common in 60s fiction, eg. the work…

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Books for Living by Will Schwalbe—A collection of thoughtless banalities and cliche’s about the “reading life”

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe—A collection of thoughtless banalities and cliche’s about the “reading life”

FROM: Books for Living by Will Schwalbe (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2017) “Reading is the best way I know to learn how to examine your life. By comparing what you’ve done to what others have done, and your thoughts and theories and feelings to…

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The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee (Random House, New York, 2017) At the center of Sebastian Smee’s new book “The Art of Rivalry” is the idea of artistic struggle through rivalry. Smee won the Pulitzer Prize…

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Winter Notes on Summer Impressions by Fyodor Dostoyevsky—The Underground Man does London, 1862

Winter Notes on Summer Impressions by Fyodor Dostoyevsky—The Underground Man does London, 1862

FROM: Winter Notes on Summer Impressions by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Criterion Books, New York, 1955, forward by Saul Bellow) Notes on the Liberal Bourgeoisie, Alienation, the Struggle for Survival:  In 1862 Dostoyevsky visited London to see the famous Crystal Palace, a capitalist and imperialist wonderland of…

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Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2017) On Nine-Eleven George W. Bush “awoke” to a reality he defined in the coming months as Good against Evil, with the “evil doers” a set (never precisely…

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Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild—-What’s the Matter With Kansas (and Louisiana)…

Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild—-What’s the Matter With Kansas (and Louisiana)…

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild (The New Press, New York, 2016) Highly regarded Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild’s new book, “Strangers in Their Own Land” is an effort to “get inside” the emotional world of…

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Democratic National Convention, Chicago, August 1968:  What I learned on the streets

Democratic National Convention, Chicago, August 1968: What I learned on the streets

Perspectives: Fighting in the Streets: The 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. This short essay was first published in the Wichita Eagle on Thursday, August 8, 1996 as part of a short-lived experiment the newspaper conducted called “The Eagle Writer’s Group”. It was short lived because…

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A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel:  Notes, Reflections and Memories of the  Reading Life

A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel: Notes, Reflections and Memories of the Reading Life

A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books by Alberto Manguel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2004) “It occurred to me then that, rereading a book a month, I might complete, in a year, something between a personal diary and…

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Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny: Twenty lessons from the Twentieth Century”—–Must Reading!!!

Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny: Twenty lessons from the Twentieth Century”—–Must Reading!!!

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books, New York, 2017 $7.99) The first few Greek democracies were scattered throughout the Peloponnesus. From the beginning, around the third century B.C., these townships and small cities were considered fragile, being…

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Second Look Books:  The Death and Life of American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Fifty years later…)

Second Look Books: The Death and Life of American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Fifty years later…)

Second Look Books: Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics by Jane Jacobs; The Death and Life of American Cities by Jane Jacobs. This comprehensive look at the later work of urban moralist and city planner Jane Jacobs was…

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