In very different ways and on very different topics, three recent books assuage notions that architecture/design books are formidable reads.
Imagine a combination of Stephen Colbert (the real one, that is) and John Updike.
1917 was an important year, but perhaps not important enough to justify the sweeping title of the book.
The Western Wind turns out to be a beautifully written novel, a serious book of great depth, intention, and craft.
Everything about Schumacher’s story indicates that clichés about the ’50s are so powerful because things really were that way: repressive, poisonous, full of unspoken secrets and blustering ignorance.
It’s worth pointing out that Sabahattin Ali has deliberately reversed traditional gender roles in Madonna in a Fur Coat.
This fine collection of short fiction reinforces Richard Power’s reputation as a master storyteller.
I’m impressed with the new adaptation and depressed that it’s considered necessary.
Although Anthony Powell’s stock has gone down since he died in 2000, I hope that this new biography will spark interest in A Dance to the Music of Time.
Anders Walker’s The Burning House sheds fascinating light on a forgotten piece of intellectual history in the Jim Crow South.