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Books October 22, 2016

Time Travel

[TOC:ul In this story]Time flies, time flows. Time is money. Time is like an arrow, a ladder, a river, a maze. Time marches on, time runs out, time is up. We waste it, we spend it, we kill it. Time is all we have. And if it didn’t exist, we’d have …

Books September 17, 2016

Fair Game

[TOC:ul In this story]Scientology has been in and out of the news since its inception more than 60 years ago, thanks to tax rorts, allegations of espionage, excruciating celebrity supporters and the wacky ideas of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who saw …

Books August 27, 2016

The Cosmopolitans

[TOC:ul In this story] Qayenaat floats on the edge of the contemporary art scene in Bangalore. In her early 50s, her own artistic ambitions long forgotten, she ekes out a living as an editor. Her name signifies “all of God’s creation”, or the world. …

Books August 20, 2016

Position Doubtful

[TOC:ul In this story] While surveying the Tanami Desert in 1962 for a stock route, Kim Mahood’s father chanced upon a prominent sandstone hill – “the best landmark for thirty miles around”, as he later wrote. Yet the aeronautical map he was …

Books July 30, 2016

Release the Bats

[TOC:ul In this story] “I bet you could wallpaper the planet with books that never got to page two,” writes DBC Pierre. I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing, given how many books did but shouldn’t have bothered. At the same time, there are …

Books July 09, 2016

Black Teeth

[TOC:ul In this story] Jason Ginaff is a twentysomething hacker who does deep background checks on job candidates for corporations. In his spare time, he uses his skills to search for the father he never knew. Success brings trouble in the form of Rudy …

Books July 02, 2016

The Girls

[TOC:ul In this story] Fourteen-year-old Evie first comes across the girls in a park in her home town of Petaluma, only about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco but which feels a million miles from excitement. It is the summer of 1969, and the …

Books June 11, 2016

In the Darkroom

[TOC:ul In this story] Susan Faludi (Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women) was tidying away files for a book she’d written on the subject of masculinity when she received an email from her long-estranged father. He’d titled …

Books May 07, 2016

Educated Youth

[TOC:ul In this story] Educated Youth opens in Shanghai in the mid-to late 1980s, some 10 years after Mao’s death. Most of the 14 million zhiqing, “educated youth”, whom he condemned to indefinite rural exile during the Cultural …