Dorothy Weil’s new novel, Love and Terror, takes
place in a past so recent that we’ve all been there — the middle of the
21st century’s first decade — and is set in a place we know just as
Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets is a
wholly delightful book that first appeared in 1998 and returns in a
revised edition as the weather invites taking full advantage of its
changing. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in our once-sleepy
downtown. From The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, from Fountain Square to
Washington Park, the urban core is alive with activity.
Since our botched invasion and futile
occupation of Iraq, there have been several excellent accounts of this
costly, deadly debacle —unfortunately all written from the perspective
of American and other Western-based writers.
Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest
are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by
technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to
give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
Chris Matthews is a political junkie of unyielding enthusiasm. His nightly talk show, Hardball,
has been an MSNBC staple for more than a decade, a showcase for its
irascible host’s boundless passion for politics and the importance of
good governance in the lives of everyday Americans.