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  • Book review: 'Venice: Pure City' by Peter Ackroyd

    Book review: 'Venice: Pure City' by Peter Ackroyd
    The works of man are many and wondrous, but if I had to pick one that most completely embodies the concept of the sublime, it probably would be the autumnal view from the terrace of Venice's Gritti Palace, across the Grand Canal, to the great church of Santa Maria della Salute — though I'm not sure I ever could satisfactorily explain precisely why.
  • Rob Young's 'Electric Eden'

    Rob Young's 'Electric Eden'
    Rob Young's "Electric Eden" is a rich, overgrown garden of a book. Subtitled "Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music," its ostensible purpose is to chronicle the late 1960s/early 1970s heyday of British folk rock: artists such as Fairport Convention, Nick...

    'The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein' by Peter Ackroyd

    'The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein' by Peter Ackroyd
    First, a confession: I am Victor Frankenstein. Not the Victor Frankenstein, of course, who was, after all, not a real person but a literary invention from the mind of Mary Shelley. As the godmother of Gothic horror, Shelley conjured a scientist who...

    Step right up!

    Step right up!
    Charles Dickens was many things: great writer, canny businessman, philandering husband. But he was also one other thing: magnificent performer. After a preshow meal of a dozen oysters and ample Champagne, Dickens loved to read his works before vast...

    Comin' at ya! Book reviews on an iconic boxer, freakonomics, Frankenstein [updated]

     
    In our pages this week, Tim Rutten reviewed "Sweet Thunder" by Will Heygood, a biography of boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson is "now universally acknowledged as the greatest prizefighter who ever lived," Rutten writes: Anyone who ever saw him in...