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so Zeitoun is a flagship work for Eggers' Voice of Witness, an organization that:
depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of t
Sep 2012
Jan 13, 2012
The Enigma of Capital: And the Crises of Capitalism
Picked this up because Harvey was the only person I had run into who had a plausible explanation why $500K+ condo towers were suddenly being thrown up...more
Nov 10, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
For a book positing the end of the average, Cowen's most recent work is surprisingly mediocre. To be frank, as a fairly devoted Marginal Revolution re...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works Of Richard P. Feynman
Whatever your opinion of Feynman, you need to reconcile the fact that he's got unbearably retrograde opinions:

"When I was at Cornell, I was rather fas...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction
insightful, enjoyable, lively. does the patented n+1 thing of wrestling with serious ideas in a sort of digressive, talky, earnest way; I almost calle...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Have been waiting for my thoughts on Short and Tragic Life (SaTL) to cohere on this one, but they aren't cooperating, so I'm going to take a stab at t...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
Poor Man's Fight
thought I was picking up some sort of parable about student debt, which, you know timely, piketty in space, something something. turned out to be an a...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Shape of Content
As much love as I have for Ben Shahn

Farewell to New York


Shape of Content does not have 1.0 books worth of ideas, length adjusted. The last es...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
A History of Future Cities
Absolutely fantastic. Future Cities is a yarn - a "gather-round-the-fire, children, and listen to tales of fantastic cities in faraway lands" kind of...more
Jan 14, 2014
May 25, 2013
The Future of American Progressivism: An Initiative for Political and Economic Reform
tl;dr - this is not the Roberto Unger you are looking for.

Heard Roberto Unger on the Economist and was pretty intrigued - the call for radical transfo...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
Follows Ali's early career up through the Liston and Patterson fights, stopping with Vietnam and the draft. Along the way we're treated to first-rate...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
chased down hessler's china books after reading the ridiculously good new yorker piece about the druggist in colorado:
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
Really weird; really good. I somehow missed the Lovecraft revival train that left the station a few years ago, but this makes me wish I was on it. Evo...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
No Regrets: Three Discussions
It feels wrong to be the first review on this, so let me simply say that I have this thing dog-eared within an inch of its life. "Secret Canon", "Wron...more
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)
Pinprick-sharp summary of the science, pre-history and current political context of our present teacher quality debate. There's the old saw about how...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
fun, light, pleasant; Bonnett has a love for the subject matter that shines through. some choice details (in particular, the aside about Hemingway's b...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
a clear, well argued, commendable cri de coeur, to be sure; 5 stars for the indictment but maybe two for the solutions.

it's true that the way we teac...more
not set
Jun 24, 2014
Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush
to borrow from another reviewer, Another Great Day... is exactly as good as a book written by a narrator with
poor memory, poor note-taking, and indi
May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
Heard Tony Wagner on the Ed Next book club, and was impressed - a dose of economic realism + appreciation for mastery, craft, purpose + fairly clear t...more
Mar 24, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
The Old Way North: Following the Oberholtzer-Magee Expedition
Canadian history deep cut. Just so we get some facts on the table, this is the house imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society. Canoeing figures hea...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football
the lolmythesis distillation of Collision Low Crossers would go something like "NFL football has nothing to do with what you see on TV; the important...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
if fiction is ultimately supposed to accomplish interiority (let's start there, anyways), Love Affairs is hitting for average basically out of the gat...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
Bottom line: this is a vicious, vicious book.

The questions that Murray is writing about (inequality, poverty, ever-advancing class segregation) are re...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

“When a company comes up with an idea, it’s a messy process. There’s no aha moment,” Bezos said. Reducing Amazon’s history to a simple narrative, he w
Feb 06, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
American Hippopotamus
Larger than life characters and a utterly outlandish premise that seems as though it came from an alternate universe.

The idea was to import hippopota
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
I love Klosterman; this is a mega-dose of Klosterman, weird and digressive, full of rhetorical epicycles that intersect at strange angles but ultimat...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
Totally straightforward, extensively researched, workmanlike (in the best sense of the term) biography of Wallace. Max's project appears to be a factu...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
straight-up gorgeous prose; if you asked me "which chapter from the sixth extinction would be appropriate for my kent state communications class" (not...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century
very good. insightful explication of the Russian educational system + a portrait of a exceptionally singular mind.

writing a biography with no access...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
This more my fault than Hewitz's; is it fair to criticize a book for 'reading like a long blog post' when the front cover asserts the author's bona fi...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
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