Light Lifting & So Much More

Are we happy yet?  And if not, why aren’t you reading your happiness books?  Q&A with Cornell psychologist and happiness guru Shimon Eldelman (The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life). Here.

“The technology I like is the American paperback edition of Freedom,” says Jonathan Franzen. “I can spill water on it and it would still work!”  Here.

A report on Christopher Bram’s Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.

“Engrossing, thrilling and ultimately satisfying.” A review of Alexander MacLeod’s debut short story collection , Light Lifting.

Q&A with debut novelist Keija Parnissen (The Ruins of Us). Here.

Life after trauma.  A review of Dan Chaon’s new story collection, Stay Awake.

Great celebration in photos of Norman Mailer.  Here.

“The first time I encountered Diane Williams’s sentences, my heart started pounding and a prickling started up at the hairs on the back of my neck.” Q&A with Diane Williams on her newest collection, Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty. Here.

An interview with activist Bill Ayers (Fugitive Days).

Michael Hastings (The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan) talks about the 9/11 wars and the general he got fired.  Here.

“Still in the thick of it all, producing a whirlwind of big ideas.” A review of sociologist Richard Sennett’s Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. Here.

Here‘s the lowdown on book blurbs.

That fearsome continent we call the 20th century. A review of Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt and Timothy Snyder.

Caitlan Flanagan (Girl Land) lights a dynamite keg. Here.

Responding to the war and the Blitz.  A review of Leo Mellor’s  Reading the Ruins: Modernism, Bombsites and British Culture.

“Weegee: Murder Is My Business” offers a glimpse of the extraordinary Weegee (Naked City). Here.

What happened to the iceberg?  A review of Richard Davenport-Hines’ Titanic Lives, about the people who went down on April 15, 1912.



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