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Karen Shook


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Past articles by Karen:

New and noteworthy – 4 May 2017

New monographs explore sudden sight loss, stoicism, botanical beauty, a Buddhist take on the dismal science, and tough women → Read More

Books interview: Cass Sunstein

The legal scholar and nudger-in-chief on Marvel Comics, where to begin with behavioural economics, and Star Wars and President Obama → Read More

Books interview: John Sutherland

The literary scholar and author of Orwell's Nose: A Pathological Biography on Rider Haggard, the River Stour and Moby-Dick → Read More

New and noteworthy – 25 August 2016

Need to replace recently read titles on your to-read list? Consider getting the score on Brian Eno, sharing the struggles of America’s down and out in cheap motels and, for bedtime, learning about how our forebears slept → Read More

Books interview: Debbie Lisle

The scholar of international relations and author of Holidays in the Danger Zone on misplaced nostalgia, foreign encounters and the allure of ‘dark tourism’ → Read More

New and noteworthy – 28 July 2016

Timely titles for consideration take in upright citizens, fly-by-wire ethics, a world of troubling numbers and home round the range → Read More

Books interview: Diarmaid MacCulloch

The church historian and author of All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation on the journey from E. Nesbit to Ian Kershaw and the comforting certainties of detective fiction → Read More

Books interview: Rupa Huq

MP and editor of Reading the Riot Act: Reflections on the 2011 Urban Disorders in England on suburbia, the overlap between politics and academia, and avidly reading the Famous Five → Read More

New and noteworthy – 30 June 2016

Spain’s Left turn, legible ethnography, the Arab Spring’s bodies of evidence and Walter Benjamin’s Wunderkammer: must-read monographs → Read More

Books interview: David Toop

Musician and author of Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and The Dream of Freedom on Poe, silence and rock novels → Read More

Books interview: Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

The author of A Taste for Provence on memories evoked by The Secret Garden, Alexis de Tocqueville’s travels in America and maternal pride → Read More

Books interview: David Crystal

The author of The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works on the delights of Just William, serendipity and Victorian self-help books → Read More

Books interview: Onora O'Neill

The author of Justice Across Boundaries: Whose Obligations? on Swallows and Amazons, W.B. Yeats and reading Henry Kissinger and Immanuel Kant → Read More

New and noteworthy – 19 May 2016

Just deserts, theatres of war, hearting Hayek and the best lust-free years of your life: must-read academic books → Read More

Books interview: Frank Dikötter

The author of The Cultural Revolution: A People's History 1962-1976 on dictators and survivors, Dostoyesky and Pushkin, and narrative, truth and fiction → Read More

New and noteworthy – 5 May 2016

Edtech unhyped, Nigerian noir, hard-bodied prose and squaring heavens above with those urges below: must-read academic books → Read More

Books interview: André M. Carrington, Drexel University

The author of Speculative Blackness on Star Trek and race, fan fiction and graphic novels, and life-changing works by Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Ray Bradbury → Read More

New and noteworthy – 21 April 2016

Tudor shades of emotional grey, China's 'overquota' generation, pithy philosophy and 1930s London's electric dreams: unmissable scholarly books → Read More

Books interview: Deirdre N. McCloskey

The economist and polymath on A. N. Wilson and Isaiah Berlin, mushy peas and sisterly libertarianism, and all those books as yet unread and unwritten → Read More

New and noteworthy – 7 April 2016

Dutch goddesses, the tragedy of the commons, Justin Trudeau’s dad and putting what’s left of the UK’s family silver to good use: must-read academic titles → Read More