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When Jessica Mitford emigrated to the United States, she was startled to find funerals that cost a small fortune. Later, when she looked into the industry, she was outraged to see caskets marked up by an order of magnitude and slick (often false) sales pitches designed to take every last dollar of the bereaved. This was 1960. Thirty-five years later, she went back to find almost nothing had changed. Read more...
American-born journalist Jake Adelstein spent years covering organized crime and the sex trade for Japan's largest newspaper. But his memoir is more than a collection of sordid headlines. It's a buddy story, a memoir, an attempt to explain Japanese culture and the story of how the people he covered came to threaten his life. (Mr. Adelstein joins us here at B&N next week.) Read more...
Last year at this time, the Current Events section read Gwen Ifill's The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama for Black History Month. Looking at some of the anger in political news the other day, I wondered, did anything change? Did Ifill get it wrong? Read more...
What's galling about Liar's Poker isn't that a horrible lesson had to be taught to investors, bankers and brokers but rather that the lesson largely went unlearned. The mechanisms of market collapse seen in Lewis' book are on display today, unheeding not only 1987 but 2007. Read more...

A Dangerous Place

Categories: current events, Science
I can tell you exactly where I was at 5:04 p.m. October 17, 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake unleashed the equivalent of thousands of hydrogen bombs' worth of energy in 15 seconds. This is sort of the Northern Californian equivalent of asking people where they were when JFK got shot. Read more...
At what level of factual saturation does the fictitiousness of the "researched" novel start becoming irrelevant? I started asking myself this midway through Richard Price's Clockers, and I'd be very surprised to hear anyone come up with a definitive answer. If someone hadn't told you this particular story wasn't real, you probably would never know. Read more...

The Scandal of Reform

Categories: current events
The Scandal of Reform takes us through a history of New York City politics, from the founding of the nation to 2003, and the ride is thoroughly entertaining. All of us probably learned something of Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed and New York-style patronage in our giant, terrible high school textbooks, but such cursory detail really doesn't do it justice. Barry clearly has fun relating these stories, as well he should. Tammany is fantastically corrupt and so unabashedly crooked that it's like reading about a cartoon. Read more...

The Corner

Categories: current events
In each of Simon's books and adapted series, the city of Baltimore itself stands out as the most fundamental character. It is the city that acts like a modern avatar of the ancient Greek gods and fates. It's not character, or one tough cop who won't take no for an answer or one God-fearing addict with two hands yanking on his bootstraps but rather the forces of economics, zoning, education, town councils, police blotters and public health that occupy the pantheon of our lives and are indifferently regnant over our circumstances. Read more...
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Nathaniel Frank's Unfriendly Fire avoids one of the biggest pitfalls of non-fiction. It's informative and entertaining, and at no point does the pursuit of one undermine the other. However, it does run up against one potential pitfall that some readers might not get past: part of what makes it so fascinating is what can make it so frustrating. Read more...
Sports are great — heck, they're wonderful. But they're wonderful because they don't really matter: they're games. It's everything that comes between you and the sport that's a giant pain in the neck. Preening sportswriters? Tedious. Screeching on-air personalities? Unbearable. Marketed player personalities designed to sell books or a brand? Insufferable. Morality plays and equivalencies drawn to dire real-life issues? Completely missing the boat. Read more...
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