Of course, as rational creatures we know that dictionaries must be made by people, yet we don’t really think of them as human productions. They seem to be just there like works of nature or age-old monuments. Not that you notice dictionaries much until you need to look up the meaning of a word.
There was never another country quite like the Venetian Republic, and there was never another Venetian quite like Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). Con artist, poet, spy, philosopher, polymath, librarian, lecher and proud owner of one of the most indestructible egos of all time, Casanova the man is largely forgotten today while his name lives on as a generic label for chronic Don Juanism.
In a few hours of surfing Amazon’s Books category, I noticed that this American giant of online sales is infested with Holocaust deniers. These are books...
A major question surrounded both cars – which Nazi had used them?
But the heart of this book's tale is in the bookshops of Paris, where it should be.
Historian David Armitage packs a great deal of learning and insight into a text of little more than 200 pages.
Readers would do well to follow the route mapped out in 'South and West': to be inquisitive about those with whom they seem to have nothing in common, including electoral preferences.
Originally published on www.californiamag.org If Donald Trump has his Boswell, it could well be Milo Yiannopoulos. The proudly gay Brit-born scribe...
The first annual Lambda LitFest, celebrating the work of LGBTQ writers, will be hosted in Los Angeles.
Junot Diaz engages the audience in discussion at REDCAT.
Shut-in-chic, non-event looks for the LA Library's annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball.
This excellent young adult novel tackles the toughest topics without flinching.
Avarice and arrogance, cloaked in rhetoric about humanitarian intervention, prompted an expensive foreign war that proved more intractable than any American had expected.
In the first novel by celebrated short story writer George Saunders, Abraham Lincoln wrestles with grief – and the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.
Food and travel writer David McAninch moves to rural France, in search of a unique, authentic experience in a foreign land.
Christina Baker Kline, an artist herself, draws on the real history behind Andrew Wyeth's famed painting 'Christina's World' to conjure up her own haunting portrait.
Millions of adults who owe these little books a debt they can never fully repay.
Three outstanding new books celebrate Black History Month with offerings in genres as disparate as literature, military history, and social justice.