Otis Young peruses James P Carse's "The Religious Case Against Belief," an essential piece on how belief (and not religion) can limit one's understanding of the world. Charles Stephen conjurs up "White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters" by Robert Schlesinger, which sheds light on... more››
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August 27, 2008
August 21, 2008
Charles Stephen paints "The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century" by Edward Dolnick, the tale of a a Dutch art forger who fooled experts not through skill but via psychological manipulation. Otis Young tackles "Dear American Airlines," a... more››
August 14, 2008
Otis Young reviews two books: "One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation" by George Will, a collection of essays from the nationally syndicated columnist that cover a variety of topics, historical as well as contemporary; and "The Flowers" by Dagoberto Gilb, a new... more››
August 7, 2008
Otis Young considers "Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct," in which author Michael McCullough spells out some of the psychological history behind how humans treat other people. Young also distills "The Rain Before It Falls" by Jonathan Coe, a novel about the relationship... more››
July 31, 2008
Charles Stephen considers "A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World," an account by author Tony Horwitz of travels while researching some of the myths of American history; Stephen then discusses "Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier To the Wife He Left Behind" by Lincolnite... more››
July 24, 2008
Otis Young opens "Bastard Tongues" by Derek Bickerton, a memoir of creole languages and how they develop and what that says about human language capacity. Charles Stephen then reviews "The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir," an exploration of the life of an Episcopal bishop by his daughter Honor Moore.
July 17, 2008
Charles Stephen examines "The Post-American World" by Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, a look at the rising status of the rest of the world. Otis Young investigates David Park's new novel "The Truth Commissioner," in which Ireland creates a "truth and reconcilliation" panel in order to heal wounds... more››
July 10, 2008
Otis Young looks into "Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy" by Eric G Wilson, a quirky new book deploring the decline of sadness in American culture. And then a cheery Charles Stephen reveals "The Library at Night," a meditation on collections of knowledge past and present by Alberto Manguel.
July 3, 2008
Charles Stephen interviews Ronald Knapp, who has just written "Of Life Immense: the Prophetic Vision of Walt Whitman."
June 26, 2008
Charles Stephen considers Paul and Stephen Kendrick's "Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union." Otis Young then illuminates "Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America," a tour of comedians from... more››