Notable Books I Read in 2012, pt. 3

Here’s the third and final part of what I began with this 12-book-list . I knew my description of Mishra’s book would be the longest, which is why I changed order to treat it last. Second part here . 8) Alexis de Tocqueville, Letters from America , edited by Frederick Brown. You know . . . . Continue Reading »

Notable New Books I Read in 2012, pt. 1

The holiday season was too busy for me to compile this sort of list, especially with a move to a new home thrown in, an event that always makes one ambivalent about book ownership anyhow. “Isn’t time to invest in a Kindle?” was the crack my younger economist friend made as we filled . . . . Continue Reading »

Diana Schaub on Malcolm X

The great Lincoln, Montesquieu, and F. Douglass scholar Diana Schaub has a new essay out on Malcolm X, and the book on him by Marable Manning. Of course you need to read the Autobiography, but here’s a good thumbnail sketch of Malcolm’s life from an appreciative yet critical . . . . Continue Reading »

True Grit and Norwood Compared

Norwood was Charles Portis’s first novel, published in 1966, followed a couple years later by True Grit . Both novels are infused with Portis’s deadpan humor, but only the first is typically represented as a “comic novel.” A novel in which the main character rescues Joann the . . . . Continue Reading »