Review: Jan Swafford's "Mozart: The Reign of Love" “The problem is that this story of Mozart that we think we know is not true at all; thankfully, Jan Swafford is here to correct the problem.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who lived from 1756 to 1791, is the most famous composer in history and, by most accounts, the greatest composer who ever lived. Joan Didion Has Nailed America's Weirdness for Half a Century. Life in the Post-Internet Dystopia. Which translation of Beowulf should I read? By Thelma Trujillo The tenth-century epic poem, Beowulf, is the longest surviving poem in Old English.
Before the poem was transcribed in a single manuscript, now known as “The Nowell Codex, it was orally transmitted, which explains the alliteration, metrical structure, and memory aids alluding to previous events. At a surface-level, the poem is about a Geatish warrior who is employed to kill monsters, becomes king, and then gets killed by a dragon. Le Carré was right · LRB 17 December 2020. I used to have a pet theory – outlined in the LRB in 2007 – to explain why John le Carré’s later stuff didn’t have, as I saw it, the lightning-in-a-bottle quality of the novels he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s.
He had been wrongfooted by social change. Another 25 Books You Should Read. Since books are so central to the work that I do here at The Corbett Report, it should be no surprise that one of the most frequent requests I get is for a recommended reading list.
In response to those requests, I compiled a New World Order Reading List back in 2015. But that obviously wasn’t enough so in 2017 I gave people a tour of my bookshelf. But that obviously wasn’t enough so in 2019 I got together with Liberty Weekly to compile a list of another couple dozen books to have in any respectable research library. But that obviously wasn’t enough so I followed up my WWI documentary with a recommended reading list of a dozen books on the First World War. Naomi Klein: Gatekeeper Extraordinaire. Cat McGuire & Colleen McGuire With a title like The Great Reset Conspiracy Smoothie, it appears Naomi Klein is trying too hard to recapture her prowess at defining a meme.
Her buzz-concept, “Shock Doctrine,” is spot-on and rightfully successful. But her “Screen New Deal” about Silicon Valley technocrats fizzled. Maximalism. In the arts, maximalism, a reaction against minimalism, is an aesthetic of excess.
The philosophy can be summarized as "more is more", contrasting with the minimalist motto "less is more". Literature There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness by Carlo Rovelli – review. We live in a golden age of science writing, where weighty subjects such as quantum mechanics, genetics and cell theory are routinely rendered intelligible to mass audiences.
Nonetheless, it remains rare for even the most talented science writers to fuse their work with a deep knowledge of the arts. One such rarity is the Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli who, like some intellectual throwback to antiquity, treats the sciences and the humanities as complementary areas of knowledge and is a subtle interpreter of both. By Andrew Delbanco. If, like me, you’re a baby boomer who pleaded as a child to stay up with the big kids to watch The Twilight Zone, you might remember daring yourself to make it all the way through without taking cover behind an older sibling or the family dog.
The show ran from 1959 to 1964, and by the time it went off the air the phrase “twilight zone” had entered the language as a kind of shorthand for whatever feels eerie or strange. More particularly, the words attached themselves to the feeling of being in a place that’s simultaneously familiar and alien, a “neutral territory,” as Nathaniel Hawthorne described it, “somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.”
The man who gave this old sensation a new name was Rodman Edward Serling, known as Rod. STACKED – books. Sayaka Murata: 'I acted how I thought a cute woman should act - it was horrible' Until recently, Sayaka Murata, who won Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa prize, worked in a convenience store.
She had toiled in them for half her life, writing most of her 11 novels and two nonfiction books in her time off. Even after becoming a bestselling author (Konbini Ningen, or Convenience Store Woman, sold 1.4m copies and has been translated into 30 languages), she continued to work behind the counter until the attentions of an obsessive fan forced her to stop. “I was so used to the rhythm of working that I found it hard to hang around all day writing,” she explains. The novel’s oddball title character, Keiko Furukura, also relishes the predictable rhythms of her workplace. Japan’s 55,000 nearly identical convenience stores are considered stop-gap employers for job-hoppers, students, housewives and immigrants, “all losers”, says one of the characters in her book contemptuously.
Listen to This by Alex Ross – review. The title of Alex Ross's book – a collection essays that supplements The Rest is Noise, his superb history of music in the 20th century – really needs an exclamation mark.
The tone is hortatory; Ross is an enthusiast, as irrepressible and enlivening as a circus barker. He defines music, after all, as noise, and even adopts the official Soviet description of the art as "the sound made by the people". Ayn Rand's pitiless transactions. Ayn Rand was trending on Twitter last week. Not bad, you might think, for a writer of gigantic books who died four decades ago to catch the attention of a site dedicated to people swapping hot takes in 280-character bursts. Her fresh moment in the sun (think: Christopher Lee bursting into flames) came about because someone had posted a tweet identifying her as a “Warning Sign On A Man’s Bookshelf” – along with Infinite Jest and anything by Charles Bukowski. Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It's Not About Censorship, But People "Being Turned Into Morons by TV" Even those of us who've never read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 know it as a searing indictment of government censorship.
Or at least we think we know it, and besides, what else could the story of a dystopian future where America has outlawed books whose main character burns the few remaining, secreted-away volumes to earn his living be about? It turns out that Bradbury himself had other ideas about the meaning of his best-known novel, and in the last years of his life he tried publicly to correct the prevailing interpretation — and to his mind, the incorrect one.
"Fahrenheit 451 is not, he says firmly, a story about government censorship," wrote the Los Angeles Weekly's Amy E. Boyle Johnson in 2007. "Nor was it a response to Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose investigations had already instilled fear and stifled the creativity of thousands. " Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional. It was 1963, and 16-year-old Bruce McAllister was sick of symbol-hunting in English class. Rather than quarrel with his teacher, he went straight to the source: McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Seventy-five authors responded. The Home Lives of Literary Spies. Behind Bond, John le Carré’s creation George Smiley, may be the best known spy of espionage fiction.
He is also described as “breathtakingly ordinary.” Perhaps it’s this paradox of intrigue and seeming ordinariness that provokes a compulsion to explore the home lives of spies. We may wonder how far the secrets go, how double the life is, and yet how regular the domestic dramas. Interest in how the work of a spy might shape his or her ability to build a life at home, to foster connection, and to trust prompted me to write my novel Quotients.
The Best Books to Read in Uncertain Times. A few days ago, I was playing some one-on-one basketball with my son Gus. As he was taking the ball back to our driveway’s “half-court line,” he stopped and said, “You know Dad, COVID has really changed our world really fast.” 80 years of Robin: the forgotten history of the most iconic sidekick. ‘I knew pretty quickly I was on to something’: James Ellroy on writing The Black Dahlia. I had written six novels before Dahlia, but my primary income throughout this time had come not from books, but from being a golf caddy. At first, I worked at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, but around the time my first book, Brown’s Requiem, was published in 1981, I moved to Westchester County, about half an hour outside New York City. The Art of the Heist.
Who doesn’t love a good caper? I have always loved heists in any form, from old movies like To Catch a Thief, to noir films about gangs getting together for one last job, to true-crime books about the Brinks Job or Murph the Surf burglarizing the Museum of Natural History. The NYPL was founded 125 years ago. Here are their 125 favorite books published since then. February 14, 2020, 9:59am The New York Public Library is marking its 125th birthday this year—in part with this list of their favorite books written for adults from the past 125 years, which they hope will “inspire a lifelong love of reading.” What Are the Best Weird Fiction Books? Here's Where to Start, Cthulhu. P. G. Wodehouse. English author. The Killer Encyclopedia: A List of Real-Life Murderers, from A-Z. Once you dive into the black hole of true crime, it's hard to emerge—we know from personal experience.
Can We Read Moby Dick? “But, as I found myself stumbling in my response to my sister, a more elemental question arose: Can we read Moby Dick?” Recently my sister asked me if I thought she should read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Well educated, literate, and having reached middle age, she had never gotten around to reading Melville’s great novel. But I found myself unsure how to answer: why should she read Moby Dick? Why should anyone read Moby Dick? The Noir Poetry and Doomed Romanticism of Cornell Woolrich. The Most Scathing Reviews of 2019. Happy Holidays, fellow Schadenfreuders. As longtime devotees will know, for one day and one day only here at Book Marks—a wholesome and benevolent institution dedicated to helping readers find the books they’ll love by spotlighting the best in contemporary literary criticism—we your friendly neighborhood book review aggregators put on our black hats and seek out the most deliciously virulent literary take-downs of the past twelve months.
Burke - Book Series In Order. Re-reading the novels of John le Carré. The dice man cometh. Who is the real Dice Man? The elusive writer behind the disturbing cult novel. Brain in a dish, babies by design: what it means to be human. Crime Novels For Angry Women in an Angry World. Olga Tokarczuk’s Gripping Eco-Mystery. Reconsidering cult novelist Charles Wright - Gene Seymour - Bookforum Magazine. The world of Bruno Schulz. ‘Mad’ Magazine Told the Truth About War, Advertising, and the Media. A Gallery of Mad Magazine’s Rollicking Fake Advertisements from the 1960s. The End of an Era: MAD Magazine Will Publish Its Last Issue With Original Content This Fall. Is China About to Witness a Crime Wave? Pistol Shots Ring Out in the Barroom Night: Bob Dylan, Hardboiled Crime Writer. Cold War Crime Fiction, Then and Now.
James Wood (Is Wrong) on Blood Meridian. Cyberpunk: The Human Condition amid High-tech Alienation and Urban Dystopia. The Crime Fiction of Johannesburg. Steven Pinker's fake enlightenment: His book is full of misleading claims and false assertions. Seamus Perry reviews ‘Selected Poems and Prose’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, edited by Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy · LRB 3 January 2019.
The sound of sense: Clive James on Robert Frost. Discovering Robert Frost. The 10 Weirdest Crime Novels You Probably Haven't Read. Best Graphic Novels Based on True Stories. These 15 sci-fi books actually predicted the future. Some Like It Dark: Terror in Translation. A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1950s. A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1910s. Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Melville’s Moby-Dick. We Didn't Ask, But Laszlo Krasznahorkai Recommended 8 Books Anyway. 20 Notoriously Underrated Writers You Should Be Reading. The Compelling New Female Face of California Noir. 9 Lessons From The Hardy Boys. Books that changed my life – The Polymath Project. What is the Right Poetry Collection for You? A review of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s Narcotics. Soraya Roberts. Taibbi: TL:DR Guide to Michael Wolff’s 'Fire and Fury' Never Let Me Go and the Human Condition – Avidly. Theconversation. What Really Happened to the Girls at Hanging Rock?
Newrepublic. Police Brutality, a Horror Story. H. P. Lovecraft For Our Time. The Original 1851 Reviews of Moby Dick. Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith and ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery · LRB 7 September 2017. Robert Service - The Last Comrade. Newrepublic. Books To Warp Your Sense of Reality. Do Spies Turned Novelists Use Their Old Sources? The Origins of Hunter S. Thompson’s Loathing and Fear.
Mary McCarthy, Natural Rebel - The Barnes & Noble Review. Approaching the Unspeakable Through the Diminutive. 10 Great Spy Thrillers That Could Be New York Times’ Headlines. 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now. Five Tales in Which History Meets Horror. The Cannibal Cop's Raw Deal. Three potential starting points for reading Thomas Pynchon – Biblioklept. People who read The Handmaid’s Tale think it could never happen here — but it already did. Theconversation. Patience by Daniel Clowes review – a deeply affecting graphic novel. I’m definitely not this kind of girl. Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest – Biblioklept. We Make Money Not Art. Rowan Williams - Grace Notes.
The freewheeling Percy Shelley. 100 Best Books for Men. 10 Books That Will Change How You Think Forever. Lady Macbeth on Capitol Hill. 5 Most Underappreciated Crime Writers. The Bourne Identity - The Baffler. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird.