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Prime Day kitchen deal and the cookbooks to go with it

Prime Day kitchen deal and the cookbooks to go with it It’s Prime Day and my fingers are itching to shop, not work.  One of the deals on my radar is a popular kitchen gadget that speaks to my love of all things fried, but without the guilt.  It’s the Philips Twin TurboStar Technology XXL […]

International Thriller Awards winners announced

International Thriller Awards winners announced The winners of the 2019 International Thriller Writer Awards were announced over the weekend. The awards ceremony was held in New York at ThrillerFest XIV. John Sandford hosted as 2019 ThrillerMaster, and Harlan Coben was presented with the 2019 Silver Bullet Award. The International Thriller Awards are given by The […]

The Magic of Iris Murdoch

The Magic of Iris Murdoch It started about ten years ago when I was walking around in the west village with my girlfriend Jolie. In the Housing Works on West 10th I saw a copy of The Good Apprentice. I’d never heard of Iris Murdoch before but I liked the description on the back. I […]

Which Way to the City on a Hill?

Which Way to the City on a Hill? Recently, at a lunch with a group of graduate students, conversation turned to American colonial history, then to John Winthrop’s 1630 speech “A Modell of Christian Charity,” associated now with an image borrowed from Jesus, “a city on a hill.” This phrase has been grossly misinterpreted, both […]

A Radical Realist View of Tibetan Buddhism at the Rubin

A Radical Realist View of Tibetan Buddhism at the Rubin For many people in the West, Buddhism is completely divorced from its history. So many of the beliefs and rites have been stripped away that many Westerners regard it purely as a philosophy, rather than a religion. As well-intentioned as this version of Buddhism might be, it […]

The Incendiary Sexual Politics of ‘Burn This’

The Incendiary Sexual Politics of ‘Burn This’ In Burn This, currently in revival at the Hudson Theatre, male force is the prelude, perhaps even the key, to female seduction. Here’s how I explain it: to be socialized as female is to be told that a man knows your desire better than you do. If what […]

Amazon’s best books of July: Today’s releases

Amazon’s best books of July: Today’s releases Today’s releases include a provocative feat of journalism that provides an unflinching exploration of desire; a surreal psychological thriller with a deeply emotional core; a heart-wrenching novel about a unique family living off the grid in Appalachia Ohio; and one of the best white-knuckle reads of the summer.  […]

Marko Kloos’ recent reads

Marko Kloos’ recent reads If you read military science fiction—or if you get book recommendations from George R.R. Martin—you likely already know Marko Kloos. His Frontlines series, which launched with Terms of Enlistment, focuses on the personal impact of war on the battlefield and beyond. Both red-hot action and deep soul-searching are the result of […]

My Chernobyl Vacation Friend

My Chernobyl Vacation Friend They’d have looked like regular vacationers had it not been for a slightly startled expression they all shared. They followed the waiters obediently. Suddenly, a whisper ran through the dining hall: “Chernobylskye.” People from Chernobyl. In a moment, we got new neighbors: a woman in her early thirties and a girl of […]

Monks and tigers and murders, oh my!

Monks and tigers and murders, oh my! What if you had over a thousand books, magazines, and comics at your fingertips, ready to read — for free! — at a moment’s notice? If you’re a Prime member, you already do. With Prime Reading, you can build a digital library of up to 10 eligible titles […]