Two Books on China’s Post-Mao Era

Two Books on China’s Post-Mao Era

Much Western wisdom on Communist China is of the conventional variety, with one belief in particular standing stubbornly unchallenged for decades. This is the view that Deng Xiaoping, the country’s paramount leader from 1978 to 1989, was the predominant architect of the China that we know today: an economic giant that aspires to challenge the … Read more

Five Best: Books on the Soviet Era in Sports

Five Best: Books on the Soviet Era in Sports

1. In 2022, the 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva led the Russian team to Olympic gold, only to test positive for a banned substance. After her mistake-riddled solo program her coach demanded, “Why did you stop fighting? Explain it to me, why?” Tim Harte’s comprehensive history of Russia’s relationship to sports places the skating coach’s … Read more

Features | Tome On The Range | Art Into Pop: Leeds Punk & Post-Punk, 1974-–81 – The Quietus

Features | Tome On The Range | Art Into Pop: Leeds Punk & Post-Punk, 1974-–81 – The Quietus

Features | Tome On The Range | Art Into Pop: Leeds Punk & Post-Punk, 1974-–81  The Quietus

Two Books on Orchids – WSJ

Two Books on Orchids – WSJ

“Raw sexuality” . . . “carnality” . . . “luscious scents” . . . And that’s just the first paragraph of Erica Hannickel’s lively “Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers.” Nothing brings out plant lust like the orchid. Ms. Hannickel, a professor of environmental history at Northland College who has previously written … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Mystery – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Mystery – WSJ

“A Christmas Deliverance” is Anne Perry’s latest annual fable of the triumph of love and hope over doom and darkness in Victorian England. Its principal hero is Dr. Crowe, a somber, unmarried Londoner who strides his Thames neighborhood “as though he were a gentleman fallen on hard times.” The doctor runs a clinic for the … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Food – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Food – WSJ

Consider the omelette, the egg dish that reveals as it conceals. A gentle French fold pocketing chopped fines herbes. The ubiquitous diner special, redolent of America itself: overstuffed and slightly overcooked. Where there are eggs, there is the promise of an omelette: frittata, egg foo yung, omurice; Spanish tortillas, Filipino tortangs, Indian poros. A most … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Photography – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Photography – WSJ

Veritas Editions Beauty is in disrepute; “Impermanence” (Veritas Editions, 324 pages, $135) by Kenro Izo, restores it to our souls. Mr. Izu, now 73, uses an enormous view camera, a 14 x 20-inch Deardorff, to take very long exposures in dim light; this produces black-and-white images of exquisite detail. He shoots classic subjects like nudes, … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Music – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Music – WSJ

Music: The Definitive Visual History By the Editors at DK DK 480 pages We may earn a commission when you buy products through the links on our site. Something to savor this holiday season is “Music,” Dorling Kindersley’s “visual history” of the subject from its beginnings to the present day. How does a single volume … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Nature – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Nature – WSJ

Any book that opens in an Indian temple seething with sacred rats holds my attention. Bethany Brookshire’s “Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains” examines how human attitudes shape our perception and treatment of the animals that encroach upon our spaces. Humans bring animal hitchhikers along wherever we go. Nowhere are the unintended consequences of these … Read more