A weekly review of exceptional biographies and the sensational lives they document.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
ANTICIPATING THE NEXT CHAPTER
Dear readers, I was recently accepted into the publishing course at Columbia University in New York City, where I will be moving in June t...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
THE QUEEN MOST LIKELY TO DAZZLE, DANCE, THEN DISAPPEAR
Young and Damned and Fair by Gareth Russell - Simon & Schuster (2016) I don’t exactly envy any of Henry VIII’s six wives, but w...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
THE PHOTOGRAPHER MOST LIKELY TO CAPTURE THE SPARK
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan - Mariner Books (2013) Haunting . That’s the best word to describe the photogra...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
THE COMPOSER MOST LIKELY TO ENTOMB HIMSELF IN MUSIC
Johannes Brahms: A Biography by Jan Swafford - Vintage Books (1999) Seconding the opinion of absolutely no one, I would like to st...
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
THE SPY MOST LIKELY TO RAISE QUESTIONS OF CULPABILITY
The Man With the Poison Gun by Serhii Plokhy - Basic Books (2016) There are two things I will never tire of watching: movies from ...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
THE AMERICAN MOST LIKELY TO CRAFT HIS OWN NATIONALITY
How the World Moves by Peter Nabokov - Penguin Books (2016) I would like to think that I benefitted from a fairly progressive upbr...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
THE ART COLLECTOR MOST LIKELY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A PAINTING
The Vanishing Velázquez by Laura Cumming - Scribner (2016) The Vanishing Velázquez by Laura Cumming is, structurally speaking, one...
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