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The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
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Obvious why this is a classic: a volume on am ostensibly time-bound subject we are still talking about 55 years later. Although she never explicitly stated it as such, it seems as if Jacobs was arguing against the life-killing Grand Idea that was in ...more
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Wideman's talent for description and breadth of reference is on display here, but in a dozen stories over 160 pages there's little chance for character to development, and next to no dialogue. The peripatetic result is only intermittently engaging.
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Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
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On the heels of the astounding Trump victory in November there were calls to “understand” the other side. Here, the other side always means the broad left understanding the less broad right. Two Obama victories never produced “understanding” the othe ...more
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