August 27, 2008 Late night television shows inject some humor into otherwise dry political situations — but is this necessarily a good thing? Russell L. Peterson tries to answer that question by analyzing the present media landscape.
August 25, 2008 Natsuo Kirino's Out focuses four plucky women who support each other during times of crisis. A formulaic premise? Sure, if these were Manhattanites pining over shoes rather than assembly-line workers dealing with death and dismemberment.
August 25, 2008 The Last Embrace works as literary film noir: There are bombshell babes, unsavory gangsters, and — of course — a grisly murder.
August 25, 2008 Are rampant claims of discrimination clouding our discussions of social problems and race? Law Professor Richard Thompson Ford examines abuses of the so-called "race card" while looking at wider problems of institutional racism.
August 25, 2008 Paris: the city of lights, the city of love, and — maybe most importantly — the city of food. Alexander Lobrano of Gourmet magazine samples the gastronomical delights of over a hundred Parisian restaurants, creating a guide that would satisfy any foodie.
July 25, 2008 Horacio Castellanos Moya offers a "mesmerizing, darkly humorous" fictional take on Guatemala's political mayhem.
July 17, 2008 Troy Patterson calls The Man Who Ate the World a "bouncy international survey of the haute-cuisine scene."
July 14, 2008 Tim Winton's coming-of-age story paints a vivid portrait of a surfing town, depicting the ocean scenes with intricate detail.
July 10, 2008 Sara Wheeler's novel paints an illuminating portrait of Finch Hatton (1881-1937), the complex, dashing, non-conforming man, portrayed by Robert Redford in Out of Africa.
July 10, 2008 This historical novel about the epic defeat of the Emperor Napoleon presents all the heroics and bloody loss of life of the battle of Waterloo — plus a romance between a strong-willed young woman and a dashing British Army officer.