Keep the Channel Open

Letter to the World

Agnes de Mille. Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham.  New York: Random House, 1991.  xviii + 509 pp. $30.  ISBN 0-394-55643-7. 

You can’t read this book without falling half in love with Agnes de Mille, who must have been one of the kindest, most forgiving biographers who ever lived. And without wondering why a . . . → Read More: Keep the Channel Open

The Strangest Man

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Graham Farmelo. The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom. New York: Basic Books, 2009. 539 pp. $29.95.  ISBN 978-465-01827-7.

Quick, who said “If you think you understand quantum theory, you don’t understand quantum theory”? Was it (a) Niels Bohr, (b) John Wheeler, (c) Richard Feynman?

Answer: . . . → Read More: The Strangest Man

Divorced, Beheaded, Died

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Hillary Mantel. Wolf Hall. New York; Picador/Henry Holt and Company, 2009. 608 pp. $16.00. ISBN 978-0-312-42998–0.

It is safe to say that the reading public in the U.S. and the U.K. virtually lost its head over Wolf Hall, Hillary Mantel’s 2009 Mann Booker Prize winner.

Six pages of reviewers’ encomia from New York to Los Angeles, packed . . . → Read More: Divorced, Beheaded, Died

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