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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »


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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Scott Hays, January 17, 2013

Rachel Maddow's thorough research, incisive wit, and uncanny ability to unwrap and explain even the most complex of conundrums is evident throughout this book as she unravels and documents the rise of executive power and militarism that has set our country adrift.
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You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
You Suck: A Love Story

Scott Hays, February 23, 2007

Bookwoman has it right ... this is a laugh out loud adventure that will leave fellow travellers on the light rail shaking their heads in consternation if you dare read it on the way to work. Abby Normal is one of the most original (and hilarious) characters ever drawn, while Vampyre Flood and the Countess stand together as among the most darkly sympathetic and unlikely protagonists you will ever encounter. You Suck rocks!
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Wintersmith: A Tiffany Aching Adventure by Terry Pratchett
Wintersmith: A Tiffany Aching Adventure

Scott Hays, November 22, 2006

Witches don't do magic. Witches may cast spells, but mostly they just know the folks whom they serve. For witches are, after all, servants. They may have a mind of their own, and they may not be too easy to get along with, but a witch is ... after all ... precisely what people think she should be.

So we discover as Tiffany Aching matures in this, the third Tiffany Aching story. And it is, as Pratchett so often sets it up to be, a story about "stories". In the stories ... at least, in these kinds of basic stories ... the hero must overcome fear and terror, most particularly the fear and terror of monsters inside his own head; the ones he brings with him. Even an unlikely small hero, like a Nac Mac Feegle. Like Rob Anybody. Or Roland of Lancre.

A Pratchett witch story is not complete without Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and the other witches of Discworld. Throw in some fearless Feegles and a wee big hag, and this one will have you wishing for just one more.

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