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Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England by Bruce Redford

November 30, 2008 – 10:07 am |
<em>Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England</em> by Bruce Redford

A famous double portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds shows members of the Dilettanti Society sipping away while making rude gestures about vaginas while holding up gemstones from classical antiquity and admiring painted Greco-Roman vases.

A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré

November 18, 2008 – 10:36 am | 3 Comments
<em>A Most Wanted Man</em> by John Le Carré

The violent and crude final pages of the book force us to scrutinise our feelings over the last three hundred pages – did we will this? Are we guilty of this ending, if only by five percent? The brutal inanity of the dialogue is a warning that in Le Carré’s world, we don’t get to argue over the proportions and scale of what we set in motion.

The Drawings of Alfred Kubin

November 17, 2008 – 10:29 am | 2 Comments
The Drawings of Alfred Kubin

Kubin had something quite different in mind: with his hallucinatory incantations he was seeking to disturb the viewer; he felt driven to solve the riddle of humankind and creation in a spellbinding act.

Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America by Meredith Mason Brown

November 16, 2008 – 11:36 am |
<em>Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America</em> by Meredith Mason Brown

It was brutal stuff. Massacres, scalpings, crops burned, winters with only salted meat to eat – and this on both sides. Again Boone survived this melee, but it took a great deal of guile to do it. When his daughter Jemima was kidnapped by a Cherokee and Shawnee war party, for instance, he needed his backwoods know-how to track them down quickly and shoot the offenders.

Love Junkie by Rachel Resnick

November 12, 2008 – 10:06 am |
<em>Love Junkie</em> by Rachel Resnick

It takes an enormous amount of courage for Resnick to put her life story on the page. Her writing is as stripped, raw and intense as her emotions, and at times you don’t want to read further. But you do, anyway, with a kind of abject horror. The two main men that parade through her life, who ultimately woo, use and abuse her are truly the type of guys your mother would warn you to stay far away from.

Driftless by David Rhodes

November 11, 2008 – 11:10 am | 2 Comments
<em>Driftless</em> by David Rhodes

In his first book in more than thirty years Rhodes proves with ease why when he stopped writing after a paralyzing motorcycle crash in 1977 he was considered one of this country’s finest writers.

What’s Killing the Honeybees?

November 4, 2008 – 11:57 am | 15 Comments
What’s Killing the Honeybees?

“So the bigger conclusion is that we have soaked our landscape in toxic chemicals, many of which can interact to form even more toxic compounds, and there is absolutely no regulation or testing of this mixing. Most beekeepers and researchers I’ve spoken with believe pesticides are one factor, working in conjunction with introduced parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and quite possibly with deteriorating living conditions for bees. Bees could handle one or two of these stressors, but not all of them.”

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