Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Harvard University Press
Burning the Books sometimes turns into a disturbing chronicle of mankind’s elemental hostility to learning: barbarians often first targeted libraries and archives.
Peter L’Official has written an important book that speaks with powerful relevance to the state of Black life in America today — and the demands of Black Lives Matter.
In this valuable study, Caitlin Rosenthal isolates an assortment of business practices and technologies that reflect the sophistication of New World plantation economies — dispelling myths of their romantic crudeness.
Is there a disconnect between artists and meaningful resistance movements?
The critic settles too comfortably too often on a familiar trope — Ireland’s sense of promise squelched.
Oscar Wilde’s life might have been tortured, but the writer never believed he had been disgraced, only rejected.
Why didn’t a legal mind as brilliant as Richard Posner’s get to the Supreme Court? One suspects his candor and bluntness.
For a reader without the reference points of mid-twentieth century Lithuania and Poland, this deeply researched biography can be a slog.
Two books — one nonfiction, the other fiction — that deal with Jewish history.