Category: Non-Fiction
Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa
Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa“All this is based on what I’ve heard from other people or worked out for myself. It may not be entirely true, though I for one believe it.” ……
Elementary: “Whatever Remains”
Elementary: "Whatever Remains"“You know my methods. Apply them, and it will be instructive to compare results.”…
Harlots Season 2
Harlots Season 2Ah, Harlots. Rarely has a show about such wretched people been so delightful to watch.…
The World in a Grain
The World in a Grain“Like many other natural resources, sand is finite. Like many other natural resources, it’s in trouble. And as with any other necessary commodity, the industries and governments that need it will do whatever it takes to get more. But this is hardly new; Beiser’s brief history of sand seems designed to make you think about the difficult symbiosis of growth and consumption that creates modern convenience.…
The Strange Case of Dr. Couney
The Strange Case of Dr. CouneyThe Strange Case of Dr. Couney brings together compelling glimpses of the history around his story: Couney’s jostling medical predecessors; the classism and racism behind infant care; the spread of eugenics rhetoric; and the rise of the cheap-thrill spectacle add depth to the broad strokes of global events. (Raffel intersperses anecdotes of preemie success stories with reminders that two generations of them were raised into world wars.) Couney, with his fancy suits and warm affect, is an appropriately flashy entry point for all of it, though Raffel quickly seems to become more interested in the conundrum he posed for both fairgoers and doctors.…
The Beach at the End of the World
The Beach at the End of the WorldYou know it’s been a long year when people ask for summer reads and you find yourself recommending Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves — in which Indigenous North Americans band together to escape government hunters in the wake of societal collapse — as a comforting story. (Hey, at least everybody’s banding together.) It can be great to leave the cacophony of the world behind for the length of a book.…