The Book as Technology – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 18, 2018 WHEN WE THINK of reading, we think of scrolling, clicking, and pushing screens, seeing these as replacements for the analog method of turning, flipping, and folding pages. But the book, made through mechanical processes, engineered as...

Simon Sebag Montefiore: By the Book

And which novelists do you especially enjoy reading? The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz ranks up there with Tolstoy, as does “The Family Moskat,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, and “Remembrance of Things Past,” by Proust. I adore everything by...

Knausgaard’s Seasonal Book Series Continues With a Wintry Mix

Knausgaard’s strongest writing tends to concern childhood and parenthood. In “Setting Limits” he scrutinizes the external signs of his daughter’s tantrum. After reacting to it in the moment, he realizes he has crossed the razor’s edge between healthy discipline...

Nonfiction: Replaying the Holocaust in the Middle East

Nadia Murad’s “The Last Girl” describes a Yazidi woman’s kidnapping by Islamist militants. Source link

‘A Time to Stir’ Evokes the Zeal of Columbia’s 1968 Protests

One was the Vietnam War, and the growing opposition to the university’s tangential relationship with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a weapons research think tank affiliated with the federal government. The other was Columbia’s apparent tin-ear response to the...

‘Fire and Fury’ May Be Coming to a Screen Near You

Photo Since its publication less than two weeks ago, “Fire and Fury” has raised questions about President Trump’s fitness for office and helped lead to the banishment of Stephen K. Bannon from the president’s inner circle. Credit Alastair Grant/Associated...

The Chains of the Past: On A. M. Bakalar’s “Children of Our Age”

JANUARY 17, 2018 WE ARE ALL, to one degree or another, both products and prisoners of our backgrounds. Through an exploration of modern-day human trafficking, A. M. Bakalar’s unflinching yet ultimately compassionate second novel, Children of Our Age, confronts...

If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

Mere tinkering won’t alleviate the deep rot in the liberal project, Deneen insists. He says we need to envision a future after liberalism, where local, preferably religious communities tend to the land and look after their own. These groups...

Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Children’s Book

Photo Actress Lupita Nyong’o at the National Board of Review awards gala in New York, on Jan. 9. Credit Lucas Jackson/Reuters Lupita Nyong’o, the Academy Award-winning actress and voice of Maz Kanata in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” will...

In the Flow: On Charles J. Rzepka’s “Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard”

JANUARY 17, 2018 I WAS IN the airport bookstore in Tallinn, Estonia, when I noticed a translation of Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty. This was 2015. It had taken a while for him to reach the Baltics — 24 years,...