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A Mathematician’s Apology (Modern Library Nonfiction #87)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:23:05 +0000

(image) G.H. Hardy was a mathematician ready to throw in the towel because he believed himself useless. Yet this small and depressing volume memorializing his many complaints may just have you finding hope and purpose as you argue with it.

Six Easy Pieces (Modern Library Nonfiction #88)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:52:08 +0000

(image) Was Richard Feynman the "brilliant teacher" that his champions made him out to be? I was somewhat underwhelmed by this curated selection of lectures, but I did still come away from Feynman wanting to know more about how science has altered human existence.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Modern Library Nonfiction #89)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:43:01 +0000

(image) Annie Dillard's poetic masterpiece still offers compelling reasons to take in the hidden wonders that surround us. This pivotal volume emboldened and inspired me and may just knock you into a new state of consciousness.

The Silver Lining: A Potential Bipartisan Senate Blockade to Stop Trump

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:12:41 +0000

(image) There still remains a chance to stop Trump in the Senate. It all comes down to a Louisiana runoff race and a coalition between Democrats and moderate Republicans. This may just be possible in an age of right-wing extremism.

The Golden Bough (Modern Library Nonfiction #90)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:43:10 +0000

(image) James George Frazer's thirteen volume opus is a fascinating glimpse into the way that myths and rituals have always defined humankind and is highly recommended for any serious reader. But what does it say about the way we live now? And how can it help us make sense of the current political nightmare?

Loser: A Report from the Trump Tower Protests

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:14:11 +0000

(image) On Thursday, November 10, 2016, I attended the protests that had unfolded across the street from Trump Tower after Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States. I talked with anti-Trump activists, people who voted for Gary Johnson, people who voted for Trump, and people who didn’t vote at all in […]

Don’t Let Brexit Happen Here: The Case for Hillary Clinton

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:51:47 +0000

(image) The future of social democracy in a volatile age depends upon stability and commitment.

Audio Drama Sunday: The Grayscale, A Conversation with Andrew Kaberline

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:21:05 +0000

(image) For Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with writer-director Andrew Kaberline about The Grayscale, a production that started out as a Twilight Zone knockoff before finding its voices and winning awards.

Audio Drama Sunday: Wooden Overcoats, A Conversation with David K. Barnes & Felix Trench

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:03:05 +0000

(image) Wooden Overcoats may be one of the best British comedies in years. But you won't find it on the BBC or Netflix and you won't find it in theaters. To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we conducted a lengthy chat with head writer David K. Barnes and his nimble co-conspirator Felix Trench to find out how this hilarious and independent production was put together.

Audio Drama Sunday: The Bright Sessions, A Conversation with Lauren Shippen

Sun, 22 May 2016 14:59:30 +0000

(image) To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with Lauren Shippen, creator and producer of The Bright Sessions, in a wide-ranging conversation about how Los Angeles traffic can be inspirational, YA, therapy dialogue, genre, the 1985 movie Clue, and neck snapping.

The Power Broker (Modern Library Nonfiction #92)

Wed, 11 May 2016 20:05:01 +0000

(image) Robert Moses was one of the most tyrannical urban planners in American history, keeping a tight political rein over New York City. How did he manage to seize so much power for so long?

If You Were a Good Mother

Sun, 08 May 2016 06:33:27 +0000

(image) While Mother's Day remains a magnificent holiday to celebrate family, some of us are not so lucky. This is an essay for the rest of us.

The Great Urban Legacy of Jane Jacobs

Wed, 04 May 2016 19:02:56 +0000

(image) On her 100th birthday, we celebrate Jane Jacobs's contributions to urban diversity, her fight to save Washington Square Park, and examine how a new biography reveals the early kernels of her thinking.

A Conversation with Thomas Frank

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:50:58 +0000

(image) In his new book, Thomas Frank argues that the Democratic Party is to blame for income inequality and our national ills. In this lengthy Q&A, we flesh out and argue over Frank's thesis, examining the historical trajectory that has led to the present crisis of weak-kneed liberals and "the party of professionals."

In Defense of Susan Sarandon: How the Pro-Hillary Media Distorted a Vital Dialogue

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:35:29 +0000

(image) Susan Sarandon's recent remarks on "revolution" have been distorted by a terrified cadre of pro-Hillary media types that have willfully overlooked important observations about how to rectify a broken system.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Magical Realism

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:43:50 +0000

(image) How a vivacious debut novel from a septuagenarian allowed me to come to terms with a long-standing literary prejudice.

Why Nick Denton’s Carelessness with Hulk Hogan Threatens the Future of Journalism

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:30:53 +0000

(image) The Hulk Hogan verdict may set back the future of journalism. Nick Denton's recklessness represents a call for journalists to do better and win back the trust of the American public.

The American Political Tradition (Modern Library Nonfiction #93)

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 21:36:40 +0000

(image) Was Richard Hofstadter a consensus historian? Or do his sharpest observations into the contradictions of hallowed political figures allow for a more forgiving assessment?

The Contours of American History (Modern Library Nonfiction #94)

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:07:24 +0000

(image) In the latest Modern Library essay, we examine the somewhat overlooked progressive scholar William Appleman Williams, consider the value of revisionist historians, and get a little pissed off at Andrew Jackson.

The Promise of American Life (Modern Library Nonfiction #95)

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:58:28 +0000

(image) Herbert Croly's 1909 book is a thoughtful and fairly ambitious effort to reconcile Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian thought, but does Croly have any real application in today's cartoonish political atmosphere? Can any American "belong" to a government in the 21st century?