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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest: A Novel

Mark Durst, January 20, 2012

This book is a beautiful meditation on addition, obsession, and suicide. Set around a tennis academy and the recovery center below it, a rambling narrative gradually centers in on an entertainment so absorbing that its viewers lose all interest in the rest of life. It's not a perfect book; it drops off abruptly (in the middle of a flashback!) with several characters' stories unresolved. But it's plenty good; if you enjoy the virtuoso 14-page setpiece that opens the book, you're good for the whole 978 pages.
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Guards! Guards! (Discworld Novels) by Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards! (Discworld Novels)

Mark Durst, September 30, 2011

This is an excellent place to enter the Discworld series. It is past Pratchett's early fumbling with the form, and provides a first look at one of his stock character sets, who recur in many later Discworld novels.

It's also a wonderful introduction to Terry Pratchett, a lapidary writer who breaks the bonds of comic fantasy to write books that should be of interest to anyone who reads fiction.
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Spook Country by William Gibson
Spook Country

Mark Durst, January 1, 2011

Superbly creepy beginning, with expert plotting taking one through to the satisfying, though surprisingly quiet, finale. Excellent character studies, lively, detailed images of American urban scenes, and fascinating just-around-the-corner tech. Gibson's commentary on our current social trends gets steadily better as it hits closer to home.
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