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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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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

toeoffrog, August 4, 2012

Ice gardens twinkle in the sunshine, people ride through a maze of clouds, and dreams are capped in bottles: this is the Night Circus, a traveling act that offers the experience of a lifetime at every turn and in every tent. However, while the circus itself is shrouded in mystery--its name comes from curious fact that it only opens after the sun sets, and it has a habit of appearing and disappearing throughout the world without notice--there is a layer of intrigue that carries even deeper. The Night Circus is a fantasy, but it is also a battleground. Two young magicians have been raised their entire lives to compete in a game, the rules of which are unknown to even them, and it is here that they find the truth--and the victor.

This is Erin Morgenstern's first novel, and it is a truly beautiful one. The book is not so much a story as a series of moving pictures. She flits between the magicians, the amazed audiences, the creation of the Night Circus, and the Night Circus itself, creating a gorgeous image in a page or two before ghosting on to the next act. As she slowly unravels the story behind the Night Circus, the book itself becomes a circus: not the garish, overdone events we think of today, but a gorgeous tribute to the innate talent of performers who have tricks and skills that can wow even the most cynical of crowds.
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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

toeoffrog, January 2, 2012

A must for anyone that wants to work in the medical field, or plans to someday be an involuntary part of the medical field--in other words, everyone. Gawande has a great voice, interesting topics, and his book shows both his love of medicine and his problems with it.
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