I am looking forward to reading Louis Menand’s latest book, The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. I really enjoyed his previous Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club. Here is the publisher’s summary of his new work. “The Cold War was not just […]
This video just makes me smile. (Courtesy of Open Culture.) More than 1,000 musicians assembled in Italy in 2015 to play the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly.” I love it.
I am looking forward to two recently relased books that currently reside on my nightstand: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M. Frieman. If they share any qualities, they […]
In January, The Grolier Club in New York City opened a room-sized exhibit that’s a history of the United States as told through magazines. For the magazine fan, as myself, it’s one not to miss. While travel restrictions may keep you from an in-person visit, […]
I’ve worked at magazines for a large part of my career, and part of what I have enjoyed most is the feeling of accomplishment in seeing all of the work, writing and design come together to make the final printed product. I’ve even enjoyed watching […]
I’ve save the first of Robert Richardson’s trio of outstanding biographies for last: Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. I would highly recommend William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism and Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The publisher’s description: “The two years Thoreau […]
I love the opening description in this story of news in the 19th century, Ghosts of Newspaper Row: “The reporters would pant up five flights of stairs to reach their dingy, dim newsrooms, where light eked through the dirt-cloaked windows and the green shades over […]
It goes without saying that we live in frenetic times. This article by Alan Jacobs in Harpers gets to the heart of how we live today. Quoting the work of German sociologist Gerd-Günter Voss, Jacobs highlights how three forms of life developed over centuries: traditional […]
I’m looking forward to reading Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. The New York Times has already called it an instant American classic. A description from the publisher: “In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful […]
The New York Times has been having fun looking at celebrity bookcases that serve as backdrops during this era of Zoom videos. What does your bookcase say about you?
It’s getting great reviews and I am excited to start reading (as soon as I finish a very good biography): The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Meynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter. Description from the publisher: “At the dawn of World […]
For a limited time, American Masters is streaming its latest documentary for free: Miles Davis: Birth of Cool. From the producer: “Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his […]