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Two Books Consider Earthquakes and Their Human Tolls

Photo Credit Mark Pernice QUAKELAND On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake By Kathryn Miles 357 pp. Dutton. $28. THE GREAT QUAKE How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet By Henry Fountain...

When Woolly Mammoths Roamed the Earth

One of Cuvier’s contemporaries proposed calling the mastodon “the American incognitum.” It’s a shame the name didn’t stick. Reading John J. McKay’s “Discovering the Mammoth,” an unabridged version of the history Kolbert artfully condenses, one learns that for almost...

A Novelist’s Requiem for the Male Libido

As with his recent screenplays “The Mother” and “Venus,” he returns to the theme of sexuality and aging. Waldo, a filmmaker, impotent and consumed with sex — a “penis in a wheelchair,” he calls himself — becomes violently jealous...

New & Noteworthy – The New York Times

Photo New this week: THE GRAPHIC CANON OF CRIME AND MYSTERY, VOLUME 1 Edited by Russ Kick. (Seven Stories Press, $29.95.) From Poe to Kafka to Dostoyevsky, all the masters are here, in these short, graphic renderings of the...

The Oak, the Oakling, and the Cellar Book: A Fête of Fadimans

DECEMBER 26, 2017 IN HIS ERA — one during which evidence of learning and intellect could earn a person respect among certain segments of the American public — Clifton Fadiman (1904–1999) was known to many as a critic, writer,...

In a Year of Nonstop News, a Batch of Business Books Worth Reading

Another well-told book about leadership, one that intelligently masquerades as a book about sports, is Sam Walker’s “The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams.” Mr. Walker spent years identifying the most successful sports teams...

Stealing Memories: On Anders Rydell’s “The Book Thieves”

DECEMBER 26, 2017 IN OUR LIFETIMES, we will see the passing of the last Holocaust survivors and the remaining witnesses of World War II. Once they are gone, their personal possessions will be the last physical reminders of what...

Et in Arcadia Ego – Los Angeles Review of Books

DECEMBER 26, 2017 “Easy come, easy go.” — Marx, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte ¤ SOCIETY/NATURE. Settler/Indigenous. White/non-white. Male/female. Global North/Global South. Haves/have nots. Even if we’re unaware of it, we have René Descartes to thank for this...

Dear Match Book: Religion in Fiction

Photo Credit Joon Mo Kang Dear Match Book, I was a religious studies major in college before I became serious about my career and got a degree in applied computer science. After retiring about two years ago I’ve found...

Waves of Destruction, Physical and Spiritual, Buffet Japan

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone By Richard Lloyd Parry Illustrated. 295 pp. MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27. Three years after the devastating tsunami of 2011 swept an estimated 18,500 Japanese men, women and...