Tag: recommended

  • Cooper’s We Keep the Dead Close

    We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of SilenceBecky Cooper True crime for fancy folks. An investigation into the murder of a student at Harvard in the 1960s that turns into an investigation into the way power works. The way Harvard, men, and the state all use power against […]

  • El-Mohtar and Gladstone’s This Is How You Loose the Time War

    This Is How You Loose the Time WarAmal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone A wonderful little book imagining a fight / friendship / love affair (?) between two warriors in a war across time. Written by two top notch SF writers it consists essentially of letters our warriors write to each other across time. The whole […]

  • Ross’s Wagnerism

    Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of MusicAlex Ross Let’s get something out of the way here first. I do not like Wagner. Even if he wasn’t an anti-Semite (he was, this really isn’t up for debate) his operas would still repulse me – I hate the grandiose and Wagner is nothing if not […]

  • Delillo’s The Silence

    The Silence Don Delillo In recent years, Delillo has turned to short works focused on small groups of people and I’m hear for it. Yes, I loved Underworld and it’s expanses of time and characters, but books like the Silence, focused on the actions of an intimate group of people showcase Delillo’s gift for sketching […]

  • Weatherford’s Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldJack Weatherford Before reading this, I knew nothing, like seriously nothing, about Ghengis Khan and the Mongol empire. I knew stereotypes, about rape and pillage, but that was it. This book was a revelation. A fascinating account of how a small nomadic tribe ended up taking over […]

  • Carrère’s The Adversary

    The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous DeceptionEmmanuel Carrère  An incredible book. The story of a man who lived a lie for years and years until it all came crashing down around him and how reflecting on this life effected the writer. I’d never heard of before this book, but the writer is so eerily […]

  • Morrison’s Beloved

    BelovedToni Morrison I always feel absurd writing these little reviews when what I am reviewing is a work of genius, a masterpiece of literature. Like what do I have to add to the conversation around Beloved? Basically, nothing. I’ll say that it’s massive popularity may lead one to think it’s an easy book. It isn’t. […]

  • Morrison’s Song of Solomon

    Song of SolomonToni Morrison Of the Morrison novels I’ve read (and I have not read them all, yet!) this is my favorite. It is an absolute work of genius, full stop. Stunning from the first page to the last. I find it hard to explain Morrison’s genius. Yes, she has incomparable technical skill – her […]

  • King’s Where Do We Go From Here

    Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or CommunityDr. Martin Luther King Dr. King’s last book and as relevant now as the day he wrote it. It’s easy to forget how radical King was, especially in his final years. Calling not only for Black liberation, but for an end to the Vietnam war, and demanding […]

  • Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door

    The Spook Who Sat By The DoorSam Greenlee I think I first heard about The Spook Who Sat By The Door maybe twenty years ago, but this was the year I finally read this incredible book. The storyline is well known to the reader of leftist literature – Dan Freeman, a black man, joins the […]