Saturday, 29 November 2014
Jennifer Siegel, New York Times
“Stalin” is a complex work, demanding a dedicated reader. Kotkin himself almost despairs of the challenges he faced in narrating the complicated and fractured tale of revolution, civil war and reconstruction.
Friday, 28 November 2014
Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair
She may be the world’s most powerful woman, but German chancellor Angela Merkel has governed with the utmost caution—one of several contradictions that make her an enigma at home and abroad.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Donald Hall, New Yorker
In the old days, New Hampshire’s food was almost as ruinous as England’s.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Ron Charles, Washington Post
For all its galactic wonders, “The Book of Strange New Things” is a subtle, meditative novel that winds familiar space-alien tropes around terrestrial reflections on faith and devotion.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Emily Bazelon, New York Times
In essence, the court will have to decide what matters more: one person’s freedom to express violent rage, or another person’s freedom to live without the burden of fear?
The legal issue is connected to a larger question: how to deal with the frequent claim that online speech is a special form of playacting, in which a threat is as unreal as an attack on an avatar in World of Warcraft.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Nicholas Lemann, New Yorker
The art of the corporate devotional.
Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post
Ruth Rendell’s fiction clusters at such a high level that the best judgment I can render about “The Girl Next Door” is this: It’s a good Rendell, and that makes it very good indeed.
Carol Rumens, The Guardian
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Glynnis MacNicol, Medium
Help me, multi-gazillion dollar toy industry, you’re my only hope.