“Conservatives in general aren’t readers.”
So says an old friend of mine, and without a hint of dismissiveness or presumption. He’s no liberal. Far from it: For many years he worked for William F. Buckley at the old-canon conservative National Review, and he continues to write and edit books and magazine pieces that are very firmly on the political right.
It may be that Americans of whatever political stripe aren’t readers these days, but the numbers speak to my ...
Miss Manners has nothing on Henry Alford, the acerbic New York essayist whose new guide to manners, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?, was recently excerpted in Vanity Fair.
However, she is one of the many figures quizzed by Alford about the tricky business of post-modern civility, as well as Tim Gunn and New York City tourists. In a tome we dubbed “an idiosyncratic excursion into the land of civility,” Alford acidly waxes poetic about personal space ...
In his first book, The Behavior Gap, financial planner and columnist Carl Richards uses common-sense advice, deceptively simple cocktail napkin sketches and clear-eyed insight to explain why we behave the way we do around money.
Here he talks to us about the divide between investor expectations and investor return, and how we can start to have consequential conversations about money.
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The Behavior Gap rises above an ocean of competing financial advice ...
At the end of World War II, it seemed important to remove Prussia from the larger German nation. Prussia had for some time had the reputation of fueling Germany’s bloodthirstiness, from its aristocratic Junkers to its slightly scary looking soldiers.
Read the last Bookslut on Barbara Almond's take on motherhood in 'The Monster Within.'
The land was divided up between the Soviet Union and Poland, and thousands of Germans, some of whom had roots going back centuries and others ...
You would think there is nothing left to say about motherhood. We have hundreds, thousands, of mommy blogs. We have motherhood memoirs, scientific studies about perfect child rearing, countless magazine articles explaining that we’re all doing it wrong. Surely every angle has been covered, right?
Read about zombies and other crazy happenings in 'After the Apocalypse.'
Barbara Almond makes the argument in The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood that actually we have a very difficult time discussing maternal ...
If you have a music junkie on your gift list then take heart. While there was no blockbuster door stopper a la Keith Richards’ Life this year, there were plenty of new music titles this fall that could please anyone on your list. Here, just a few titles for the music fan in your life:
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Pearl Jam Twenty
With a gushy foreword by Pearl Jam acolyte Cameron Crowe, this coffee-table ...
Ah, it’s year-end best-of list time, when everyone is touting their favorite books from the previous 12 months. The New York Times just released its top 10 books of the year, and in the spirit of seeing how those books stacked up against our reviews, we thought we’d do a little side-by-side comparison. Ready? Let’s go.
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The Art of Fielding
For more than a decade, journalist Brooke Gladstone has investigated the latest media trends on her NPR show On the Media. In June she published The Influencing Machine, with illustrations by Josh Neufeld, the author of A.D.: Katrina After the Deluge. Gladstone’s book earned a star and was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2011. In an e-mail exchange, the author discusses the current state of the media and offers advice for news consumers in this chaotic ...