Mike, a loyal MR reader, asks me: How do you recommend approaching a book like Capital in the Twenty-First Century? I’m a reasonably smart guy, undergrad econ, ee, mba from good schools, somewhat well read, etc., but the density, length and relative subjectivity(?) of Piketty’s topic has me hesitant. Do I start with the reviews or […]
TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW GHETTO REVOLT. I recommend the miniseries Uprising, for those unfamiliar. Or you can always read Mila 18.
Recommended Listening: Michael Nye reading his new short story about a former NFL lineman, “Beauty in the Age of Chaos and Savagery,” for The Kenyon Review.
Kathy Shaidle’s Confessions of A Failed Slut was a short, but excellent read that I’d highly recommend. After reading it, I just had to interview her. What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. I found your take on Glenn Close’s famous character from Fatal Attraction to be fascinating because I’d never thought of it before. Show More Summary
Now that I’ve shown you the good photos, told you what we screwed up, and gave you my recommendations for a great session, I’ll show you the photos that we WON’T be using. All photos by Tressa McCune Photography. Alternately, … read more
More than 40 years ago, I found this book on the rack at the entrance to a Brentano’s bookstore in a New Jersey shopping mall. It was the early 1970s, and I was barely out of my teens, totally thrilled with the popular fascination being directed at the American trucker, early in the CB craze, […]
When not reading blogs, we recommend reading books — hold-in-your-paws, turn-the-pages, dead-tree books. Digital, stare-at-yet-another-screen “books” are acceptable. Barely. Either way, you’re probably helping this guy, who in turn, is keeping this blog humming along. Show More Summary
This blogaround brought to you by sauerkraut.Recommended Reading: Libby Anne: [Content Note: Sex abuse; purity culture; misogyny; Christian Supremacy. There is background for this post in today's In the News.] Michael Farris, Patriarchy, and Doug Phillips: An ExposeArturo: [CN: Racism; police misconduct. Show More Summary
NYT developers share their recommendations from around the web.
Recommended Reading: The Paris Review has put its Zadie Smith short story “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets” online. “New York just expects so much from a girl—acts like it can’t stand even the idea of a wasted talent or opportunity. And Miss Adele had been around.”
By popular request, again: What are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
Recommended Reading: Cynthia Ozick on two recent books about Kafka.
[Content Note: War on agency; anti-choice terrorism.]The indispensable Robin Marty: "America's Abortion-Free Zone Grows."Please read the whole thing, but I just want to highlight this incredible passage:Closing abortion clinics has become...Show More Summary
This blogaround brought to you by chocolate.Recommended Reading:Rohin: [Content Note: Racism] SNL Diversity Struggles Continue; Nasim Pedrad Cast as Bobby JindalAmanda: [CN: Fat hatred] Fat Shame Porn: Fed Up the MovieBYP: [CN: Guns]...Show More Summary
Recommended Listening: Hobart editor Aaron Burch reads “Scout,” a story from his new collection, Backswing, for the Reading Out Loud podcast.
A reader asks whether his doctor's recommendation that he have a coronary calcium scan - despite not having any cardiac symptoms, and with a normal stress test - is a reasonable one.... Read Full Post
Recommended Reading: All of the New York Times Book Review’s “Money” issue is worth a look, but in particular I recommend checking out Chris Ware’s original graphic short story. (Bonus: the Building Stories author recently contributed to our Year In Reading series.)
If you are fully on-board with the interest in ancient giants, I have a lot of books to suggest you read. I will divide them up based on what you're looking for - Best overall giants book The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up by Richard Dewhurst. Show More Summary
Amazon has a selection of 7 Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novels for just $2/each, probably for today only. I finally got around to watching the show recently and I recommend everyone add this one to their must watch/read lists. [Amazon] Read more...