Risking Literature in the Obama Era

Bearings and Distances by Glenn Arbery. Wiseblood Books, 2015. Paperback, 335 pages, $13. To those who desire to think the same way others think, who long to crush dissent and to be on the right side of history, real literature is an oddity, an affront, the relic of...

Fighting Cousins

Yanks and Limeys: Alliance Warfare in the Second World War. by Niall Barr. London: Jonathan Cape, 2015. Hardcover, 548 pages, $30. It is generally agreed that World War II was a victory of Russian numbers and American industrial output. True enough. But it was also a...

The Uncozy Christie

A reflection on the underestimated Dame Agatha Christie at 125. Agatha Christie’s name is practically synonymous with comfort reading. Her publishers used to promise readers “a Christie for Christmas,” and her works are the inspiration for the mystery subgenre known...

The Deauthorised Life of Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate. Harper, 2015. Hardcover, 672 pages, $40. Every biography has a backstory involving how a biographer turns to a certain subject, what other biographies have been written, what sources are new or used differently....

Bradbury the Realist

Ray Bradbury by David Seed. Illinois University Press (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), 2015. Paperback, 207 pages, $24. Anything Martian is currently newsworthy—made so by NASA’s announcement that liquid water exists on the surface of the Red Planet, by various...

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