A Longread for the Weekend: Colum McCann and Radical Empathy

Colum McCann wrote a wonderful novel called Let the Great World Spin that came out a few years ago. It tells a number of stories that span across time and two continents, though it’s mostly set in New York City in the 1970s and just after 9/11. The book won the National Book Award. He has [Read More...]

Books Everyone Should Read When They Graduate

The Daily Beast recently ran an article in which some famous writers and academics list books they think everyone should read right after they graduate from college. It’s a fascinating list, ranging from Shakespeare to works of philosophy and biographies and even some economics. That made me want to make a list, which I’ll restrict [Read More...]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I grew up in New England and live in New York City, and more than any other sport, we Northeasterners love baseball. And the season has just begun. So I was delighted to see a review essay by Michael Stevens in Books & Culture on two new books on baseball: Several new biographies and autobiographies have recently [Read More...]

Strong Recommendation for a Great Book

A comic version of A Tale of Two Cities. From WikiCommons.

A few weeks ago, I blogged on the strong connection between The Dark Knight Rises and Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities. When I saw the movie, I was unaware of this connection. Ironically, I had just begun my second time through the novel. I finished A Tale of Two Cities a few [Read More...]