Category Archives: Authors and Their Books

“We want to screw with audiences’ expectations”…David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas Comes to Life

Tweet David Mitchell‘s Cloud Atlas is an thoughtful, amazing, intriguing, beautifully written story, and thanks to  Warner Bros. Pictures, a $100,000,000 budget, a stellar cast plus directors Tom Tykwer, and siblings Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski  will soon be coming to a screen near you.  The Wachowski’s admit to … Continue reading

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‘Sex and the Office’ by Jule Berebitsky

Tweet In her latest book, Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire, Julie Berebitsky, a professor of history at Sewanee, cites several advice-giving guidebooks which sprung up to serve the considerable number who found themselves in situations that … Continue reading

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Reading People’s Hearts and Minds

Tweet Are There Hidden Messages in Pronouns?   Juliet Lapidos is an Associate Editor at Slate and reviews James W. Pennebaker’s book (out August 30) in the current issue “Some 110 years after the publication of the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, … Continue reading

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Jacob de Zoet’s Thousand Autumns

Tweet There are two David Mitchell’s in my life, both from the UK and both write…however David Mitchell is actor, writer, tweeter and Guardian columnist and David Mitchell is tweeter and the author of Black Swan Green, selected by Time as one of the 10 Best Books of … Continue reading

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About Alan Bennett and ‘SMUT Two Unseemly Stories’

Tweet Michael Bywater ends his review of Alan Bennett’s ‘Smut: Two Unseemly Stories’ by saying “It’s a beguiling satire that somehow makes its objects better and more human than we thought; which may be why Mr Bennett is a national … Continue reading

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T.E.Lawrence – Complicated, Contradictory, Controversial

Tweet from More Intelligent Life comes a review of a new book on T.E. Lawrence (‘commonly’ known as Lawrence of Arabia) from Kichael Korda, coincidently the nephew of the very great Sir Alexander Korda.  Lawrence inspired Seven – count it – Seven Oscars … Continue reading

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All About RAP in 920 pages

Tweet This brand new anthology edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois brings together more than three hundred lyrics written over thirty years, from the “old school” to the “golden age” to the present day. Both a fan’s guide and … Continue reading

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King James is 400 Years Old

Tweet I own a very old and rather eaten bible. The cause of it’s eaten-ness is because, as a child, on Sunday mornings when I’d finished looking at maps of the Holy Land, I nibbled the corners, however the text … Continue reading

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The Rush of Innovation between 1800 – 1860

Tweet from Intelligent Life, a review by Tom Chatfield on a book which details…(what else, given my love for innovation and victoriana)….the growth of innovation between 1800 – 1860. “….consider the first half of the 19th century. Between 1800 and … Continue reading

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How Three Slaves Changed the Course of the American Civil War

Tweet a review from the New York Times magazine on “1861: The Civil War Awakening,” by Adam Goodheart, published by Knopf this month, from which this article is adapted. He is director of Washington College’s C. V. Starr Center for … Continue reading

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