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October, 2017

October, 2017

Mihail Sebastian

The rhetoric is "idiotic," but "the point is to shake the country up a bit." I review For Two Thousand Years in the New York Times.

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July, 2017

July, 2017

Thoreau review

A splendid new biography of Henry David Thoreau. My review for the Financial Times.

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July, 2017

Flights review

"A thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest." I review Olga Tokarczuk's Flights for the Financial Times

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June, 2017

June, 2017

Il Cartello

Il Cartello asks me to draw some parallels between the current moment and the one in which I wrote A Disorder Peculiar to the Country.

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April, 2017

April, 2017

Spaceman of Bohemia

I review a novel about the first Czech astronaut, Spaceman of Bohemia, for the Financial Times.

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March, 2017

March, 2017

The Book That Changed America

When Darwin's Origin came to America. My review in the Financial Times.

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February, 2017

February, 2017

Grossman review

I review Israeli writer David Grossman's novel about a comically unfunny standup comic, A Horse Walks into a Bar. in the Washington Post.

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February, 2017

Time essay

My essay-review about the nature of time, in the Financial Times

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January, 2017

January, 2017

Moonglow in the FT

With warmth and sympathy, Michael Chabon writes a family history tied up with the invention of space travel. I review Moonglow in the Financial Times.

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December, 2016

December, 2016

The Feud in the FT

Nabokov and Wilson go head-to-head over Eugene Onegin. I review Alex Beam's The Feud in the Financial Times.

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