‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now

Jean-Léon Gérôme: The Snake Charmer, 1870 Edward Said’s Orientalism is one of the most influential works of intellectual history of the postwar era. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Perhaps the most common misunderstanding is that it is “about” the Middle East; on the contrary, it is a study of Western representations of …

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Headline bags Buxton debut on foul-mouthed crow’s battle to save humanity

Published May 21, 2019 by Mark Chandler Headline has bagged the “uniquely hilarious” debut novel from Kira Jane Buxton about a “foul-mouthed” crow’s battle to save humanity from extinction. Headline has bagged the “uniquely hilarious” debut novel from Kira Jane Buxton about a “foul-mouthed” crow’s battle to save humanity from extinction. Jess Whitlum-Cooper, commissioning editor, …

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The promise and problems of cities

Cities: The First 6,000 Years. By Monica Smith. Viking; 304 pages; $30. Simon & Schuster; £20 MONICA SMITH begins her provocative and engaging tour of 6,000 years of “crowd-based living” with a question: Why cities? The problems that arise from packing too many people into too small a space range from inadequate food supply and …

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Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston

The church I grew up in was so big we called it the Repentagon. It was not a single structure but a thirty-four-million-dollar campus, built in the nineteen-eighties and spread across forty-two acres in a leafy, white neighborhood ten miles west of downtown Houston. A circular drive with a fountain in the middle led up …

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for May 20th, 2019

Sponsored by The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, from Gallery Books These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals Short Stories from Hogwarts by J.K. Rowling for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis for …

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Democracy and Its Discontents

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk Harvard University Press, 393 pp., $29.95 How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Broadway, 302 pp., $15.00 (paper) The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder Tim Duggan Books, 359 pp., $27.00 How …

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Boundary Lines: Sophie Mackintosh’s “The Water Cure”

MAY 19, 2019 WHAT CAN WOMEN’S bodies do? This is a question that preoccupies Sophie Mackintosh in her debut novel, The Water Cure. Straddling dystopian fiction, mythology, and allegory, Mackintosh has created a world in which danger and possibility live side by side. In writing the lives of Grace, Lia, and Sky, Mackintosh exposes the …

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