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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Philip Hensher’s handwriting manifesto

Handwriting was once a measure of personality and, as the skill and interest in putting pen to paper dwindles, are we losing touch with an element of our humanity? Is this one reason why people are increasingly bereft of personality—flatliners roaming the media-cluttered landscape
11.05.2012 | | Posted at 09:44 AM
By David Luhrssen
 A century ago, Edward Curtis was famous for his photography of American Indians, especially tribal life in the Pacific Northwest, which documented the old ways before they vanished. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), biographer Timothy Egan draws attention to one of Curtis’ less heralded acco...
11.03.2012 | | Posted at 12:04 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Anticipation for December’s release of the film adaptation of Les Miserables rests on the success of the Broadway musical based on one of the 19th century’s signature novels. Anyone interested in the deep underpinnings of Victor Hugo’s work i.e. the thinking behind Les Mis ought to read Umberto Eco’s thoughts on Hugo in his new essay collection, Inventing the Enemy (publish...
09.28.2012 | | Posted at 05:14 PM

The Rise of Barbra Streisand

By David Luhrssen
Perhaps the Christmas release of The Guilt Trip, Barbra Streisand’s first starring film role since 1996, means the time is right for a new biography. In Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), William J. Mann focuses on the formative years. The story begins in 1960, when the determined Brooklyn kid took the subway to Manhattan, rented a cheap walk-up and enrolled i...
Monday, April 2, 2012

Gottschall explains how narrative shapes our world

Jonathan Gottschall has written a smart, concise book on the history and implications of storytelling, providing a refreshing and insightful overview...