Nonfiction: Preet Bharara Remembers His Busy Tenure as a U.S. Attorney “Doing Justice,” Bharara’s new book, is not only a memoir but also a manual on how the justice system is a guide to life.
books territory: Putting Literary Miami on the Map “I knew that there was a sophistication here,” said Mitchell Kaplan, the owner of Books & Books, “because I witnessed what people were reading,”
Reconsiderations: From Dresden on the 50th Anniversary of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ When Kurt Vonnegut was at work on his hugely influential antiwar novel, “he was writing to save his own life,” his daughter said.
El Espace: How Will Netflix Do Justice to ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’? One Colombian writer reflects on what the adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece means for her culture and people.
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Nonfiction: The Bizarre Lives of Rome’s Emperors Barry Strauss’s “Ten Caesars” is a quick romp through the strange lives of several Roman rulers.
Nonfiction: When America’s Love of the Open Frontier Hit a Wall In “The End of the Myth” Greg Grandin explores our love of the boundless West as it evolved over the 19th century and into the 20th — and why it was a mirage.
Nonfiction: Remembering a Woman Who Was a Leader of the French Resistance Lynne Olson’s “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War” tells of a woman who led the fight against the Nazis while combating sexism among her colleagues.
Nonfiction: A New York Times Lawyer Looks Back at His Most Memorable Cases David McCraw’s “Truth in Our Times” is a behind-the-scenes report on one newspaper’s legal battles with the Trump administration and others.
Essay: Is Satire Possible in the Age of Trump? Parodies of the president proliferate in books and on TV. But how do you ridicule a man who seems to have mastered the strategies of those who would hold him to account through humor?
Tunnel Vision by Kevin Breathnach review – self-lacerating honesty and lies Drug-taking and soft porn, literary criticism and intimate reportage in a winning, inventive collection of essaysIn a recent article for the Irish Times, the editor of the Dublin Review, Brendan Barrington, reflected on the changes he has noticed in Irish writing over the past few years. The nation’s fiction may be thriving, thanks to Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Sebastian Barry and Eimear McBride and others, but his real interest, he says, “is writing that is rooted largely or wholly in the author’s own life-experiences and consciousness”, and that takes the form of creative non-fiction: “The idea of launching a writing career with a collection of essays would have been all but incomprehensible for an ambitious Irish writer until very recently ... [But] the species ‘Irish essayist’, long critically endangered, is now in rude health. Remarkable work by new non-fiction writers is turning up unsolicited in my Dublin Review inbox at an unprecedented rate.”Among those Barrington cites as proof of his magazine’s conviction that “the essay in its various guises is every bit as much an art form as the short story or poem” are Emilie Pine (whose collection Notes to Self was published last year),
London Made Us by Robert Elms – a love letter to the capital The broadcaster and writer isn’t afraid of nostalgia in this part memoir, part cultural history. Is he pining for his youth?A few years ago, Robert Elms was asked by a family friend if he could show two 15-year-old girls from Manchester around London. It was their first trip to the capital, so Elms took them to Waterloo Bridge. While looking out over the Thames, he gave them his familiar spiel about the city’s transformation from Roman fort to world-class metropolis, and about the monuments and landmarks visible from the river “which have been bombed and bashed, but never beaten”. As he waxed lyrical about the city that has been home to his family for generations, the teenagers listened politely until there was a suitable pause. Then, in unison, they asked: “Robert, where’s Topshop?”Elms tells the tale fondly, though it neatly encapsulates the tension at the heart of his new book. Part memoir, part cultural history, it sees him embarking on a voyage through the London of his youth and that of his forebears while assessing the city of today. The Elms family were working-class “Westies”, having first taken root in Ladbroke Grove in a dilapidated Georgian house with an outside lavatory and a leaky roof. They rarely left the neighbourhood. Then came the Westway, an imposing elevated dual carriageway that funnelled traffic in and out of central London and was built on the site of the family home. So, in the early 1970s, the Elmses were moved to an estate near the end of the Northern line. With its indoor plumbing and central heating, his parents viewed their new council property as a step up. But this early experience of displacement in the name of progress had a profound effect on young Robert, who now looks on the London of yore – a time before property developers and retailers did their dastardly work – as superior in almost every way. Continue reading...