Category: Reviews
Horizon
HorizonI reviewed Barry Lopez’s latest book, HORIZON, at NPR.org. A Barry Lopez book is never a quick read: “Each place on Earth goes deep.” Of course, deftly sketched landscapes are one of his chief delights — and Horizon, suspended halfway between travelogue and memoir, offers plenty of them. But Lopez — who often chronicles himself wandering from one landscape to another, or away from the group he’s journeying with, or away from the initial reason for coming to a place — wants us, above all else, to consider.…
Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of ScotsFinally putting all those hours of watching Reign to good use (I did not), I reviewed the recent reissue of Stefan Zweig’s biography of Mary, Queen of Scots at NPR. It’s a history obsessed not with “how” but “why”; facts are presented or debated with a scholar’s enthusiasm, but often they merely set the stage for discussion of the psychological and the narratively preordained.…
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.…