2024 is often-controversial political cartoonist Ted Rall’s take on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984. Rall’s version, of course, is updated to fit its own time, so the danger is … Continue reading
Historian and psychoanalyst Charles B. Strozier’s Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses is an interesting book, one … Continue reading
Journalist and writer Alex Shoumatoff published his Westchester: Portrait of a County in 1979, in which he chronicled, as he saw them, aspects of life in a place he had … Continue reading
American studies scholar Kevin Rozario’s The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America (Chicago University Press, 2007) is a fascinating read. Rozario writes that Americans today live … Continue reading
Journalist William Langewiesche’s 2002 American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center is a unique piece of 9/11 literature. Soon after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, … Continue reading
Vanity Fair editor and former photography director at Life David Friend’s 2006 book Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 is in no sense of the … Continue reading
Book Review: Sudhir Venkatesh’s “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy”
Floating City, then, is a definite recommendation, with the caveat that it will not bring much in the way of critical insight and perhaps mostly because it gives a behind-the-scenes look of how life in a research project sometimes feels.
I think Brian Wood is one of the most exciting voices in American comics over the past decade or so. That is perhaps why Couriers is something of a disappointment. The impression I get is that at heart, it is a product and not a story.
Author Kevin Baker and artist Daniel Zezelj’s Luna Park is a graphic novel that starts off interesting but winds up, in my opinion, a disappointment. Set initially in Coney Island … Continue reading
Twenty Minutes in Manhattan is a book by Michael Sorkin, an architect and author whose other work includes the funny and insightful All Over the Map. Structured around the author’s … Continue reading