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July 14, 2016

Why Now, Florida Man? On Craig Pittman’s ‘Oh, Florida!’ 0

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The ideal Florida Man story involves a woman named Crystal Metheny firing a missile into a car, while a South Florida Man story involves bodybuilding ex-soldiers getting their international Molly ring busted because of a pornstar’s temper tantrum.

June 30, 2016

Remembering the Present: On Chuck Klosterman’s ‘But What if We’re Wrong?’ 15

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Klosterman’s conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson and string theorist Brain Greene prove to be fascinating, if creepy, measured discussions of whether life might be a simulation.

June 22, 2016

Baby and the Book: On Rivka Galchen’s ‘Little Labors’ 1

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If novels are investigations into the workings of human existence — shouldn’t a baby, and a baby’s arrival, provide a useful key?

June 20, 2016

Really Bad People: On Sebastian Junger’s ‘Tribe’ 3

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Junger’s quick look at violence, trauma, and modern anomie omits important information, and as a result ends up on shaky ground, failing to consider counterpoints or bring its own arguments to a close.

June 20, 2016

Humanizing War: On Mary Roach’s ‘Grunt’ 1

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Roach’s writing is kinetic in the sense that it propels its readers forward, maintaining a speed and energy that keeps us turning the page, elongating a state of perpetual curiosity.

June 15, 2016

The Ultimate Intimacy: On Neil Gaiman’s ‘The View from the Cheap Seats’ 0

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For Gaiman, the writing memoir is less about how to write and more about why we need writing.

June 13, 2016

Knowledge Porn: On Helen DeWitt’s ‘The Last Samurai’ 11

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When Ludo takes his magnificent brain to public school for the first time, and discovers the exquisite agony of being misunderstood by a world of simpletons, I feel like Helen DeWitt “gets” me.

June 7, 2016

Composed of Living Breath: On Svetlana Alexievich’s ‘Secondhand Time’ 2

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Alexievich takes the jingoish caricature, the pulp-fiction rogue, the faceless millions of victims of historical record, and restores to them a voice — their own.

June 6, 2016

Look at Your Game, Girl: On Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ 21

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There is so much I wish I could unknow about Emma Cline and her debut novel The Girls.

May 25, 2016

Ethical Vertigo and the Human Genome: On Siddhartha Mukherjee’s ‘The Gene’ 0

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If ethical issues in genetics are to be solved, we’ll need not only skepticism and compassion, but also a clear understanding of the humans our choices affect.