Joshua Ferris, The Unnamed (Little, Brown). Tim Farnsworth, socio di un importante studio legale di New York, ha una strana malattia che lo spinge a camminare finché non crolla esausto. lat.

Sam Shepard, Day Out of Days (Knopf). "In his new collection of stories (many of them no longer than a few paragraphs and some of them styled as dialogues or poems), the anonymous narrator drives and drives, compulsively..." nyt.

Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time) (Norton). Menand "manages to do many things in four short essays—describe the changing self-conception of the university, identify the difficulties behind curricular reform, and analyze the anxieties of humanities professors. But the book's chief accomplishment is its insistence that what we take for academic crises are probably just academic problems, and they are ours to solve." Gideon Lewis-Kraus, slate.

Don Lattin, The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America (HarperOne). Che cosa accadde quando, all'inizio degli anni Sessanta, tre professori e uno studente del primo anno si incontrarono a Harvard durante un esperimento sulle droghe psichedeliche. sfc.

Antonia Fraser, Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). Antonia Fraser ricorda senza sentamentalismi i trent'anni passati accanto a Harold Pinter. g/o.Per la prima volta i diari di Orwell vengono pubblicati autonomamente: George Orwell, Diaries (Harvill Secker). tls.

Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco). Patti Smith e Robert Mapplethorpe, prima amanti e poi amici, a New York negli anni Sessanta. salon.

Michael Dirda recensisce The Infinity of Lists di Umberto Eco (Rizzoli), tradotto in inglese da Alastair McEwen. wp.

La classifica dei cartoonists del New Yorker. villagevoice.

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