Category Archives: book reviews

All Elmore, All the Time

I started seriously reading Elmore Leonard books this summer and proceeded to blow through- en of the 20+ novels he wrote since Glitz (1985), which my dad recommended to me because of my interest in all things Atlantic City. I’m … Continue reading

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I’m in the latest issue of Dissent!

The Spring, 2013 issue of Dissent Magazine is here in all its glory and it contains my book review The Right and Labor in America Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, by Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer. (It’s a loosely connected … Continue reading

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In Which I’m Finally Paid To Write About P.G. Wodehouse

Well, its finally happened. I’ve been reading P.G. Wodehouse for well over a decade now and I’ve loved his work since I first cracked open The Code of the Woosters. I’ve been proselytizing for his cause for just as long, … Continue reading

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P.G. Wodehouse in India

I remember hearing, at some point, that P.G. Wodehouse is quite popular in India. So, it being Boxing Day and all, I Googled the appropriate terms and the right sort of article began popping up. First, a slight NPR piece … Continue reading

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James Bond Turns Against America

I’ve been reading some of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels in preparation for, and celebration of, the release of the super spy’s latest cinematic outing. The new Daniel Craig film, Skyfall, is excellent. The same cannot be said of Fleming’s … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Breeds Comic Books

Last Sunday the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an essay of mine on Locust Moon Comics, our local shop, and their publishing success story: Once Upon A Time Machine, a collection fairy tales reinterpreted through a science fiction lens. I had a lot … Continue reading

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Orwell on Dickens

“If you were rich, for instance, you would have a great power of doing good to others.” – John Rokesmith, Our Mutual Friend In 1940 George Orwell wrote a superb 50+ page essay on Charles Dickens, an author he clearly cared … Continue reading

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James Wolcott’s Blistering Appreciation of Martin Amis

James Wolcott’s review of Lionel Asbo: State of England is an appreciation of Martin Amis as an interesting man and a blistering critique of his latter day novels. Wolcott pulls this tricky task off with his usual aplomb. The review is great … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Extremism and The Department of Homeland Security (Book)

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  I just finished reading Daryl Johnson’s Right-Wing Resurgence: How A Domestic Terrorism Threat Is Being Ignored, the memoir of a conservative, Mormon, pro-life, gun-owning, Republican and lifelong law enforcement … Continue reading

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Bring Up the Man Booker Prizes

Hilary Mantel just won the Man Booker Prize, again, this time for Bring Up the Bodies. The novel takes the oft-told story of Thomas Cromwell’s machinations in Henry VIII’s court, and Anne Boleyn’s fall, and trumps all previous tellings. (She … Continue reading

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