Shakespeare’s role in American history is not immediately apparent — at least it wasn’t to me. Part of the considerable pleasure of reading this book is seeing how James Shapiro draws the connections.
August is funny in a way — over time its small scale rhythms and monosyllabic reactions generate a comforting beauty that settles in.
By so memorably reestablishing the fundamentals of urban design and planning, The Art of Classic Planning will be a strategic addition to any architecture or urban planning library.
Here we have the story of a young Czech woman who could not only take a piece of fabric and shape it into a gorgeous dress, but could also take her experiences during WWII and shape them into a compelling memoir.
Tour de force? Not quite. Joycean? Perhaps in the way contemporary individuals overlap with ancient, mythical counterparts.
Peter Frase envisions how our current bedeviling social contradictions and economic abuses may play out in the future.
English writer Ian Shircore’s book-length study gives Clive James’ poems the loving attention they deserve.
“The body is a curious monster, no place to live in, how could anyone feel at home there? Is it possible I can ever accustom myself to this place?”
Whatever might be dark about these stories may also be — since they’re reliably witty and frequently very funny — a welcome distraction and relief from current events.
What makes this book so necessary is that these are writers willing to state realities that members of both parties prefer to keep under the rug.