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September 2022 Reviews: ‘WSJ 12 Books To Read’

The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine That Made the Modern World

By Bryan Appleyard Pegasus

In their brief ascendancy, cars have dominated every aspect of public and private life and changed our understanding of space, time and nature. Review by Mark Yost.

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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

By Michael Frank Avid Reader

A chance meeting with a Holocaust survivor blossomed into weekly conversations—and a journey into a vanished world. Review by Heller McAlpin.

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Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis’ Fortress Prison

By Ben Macintyre Crown

Built on a rock outcrop, the grim German castle once housed the incurably insane. Then it became a prison for unruly Allied POWs. Review by Alex Kershaw.

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Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921

By Antony Beevor Viking

If the American Civil War ended slavery, and the English Civil War restrained the monarchy, what did the Russian Civil War achieve? Review by Douglas Smith.

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Working With AI: Real Stories of Human-Machine Collaboration

By Thomas H. Davenport and Steven M. Miller MIT Press

A compendium of case studies in which corporations stopped worrying and introduced artificial intelligence into their workflow. Review by Matthew Hutson.

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Covers: New York Review Of Books – Oct 20, 2022

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The Two Elizabeths

The queen presided over the death of a British world and yet was enormously successful in keeping alive the monarchy that symbolized it.


Last Poem

A poem by Emily Berry


‘She Captured All Before Her’

Darryl Pinckney

It used to be that people complained how little they knew of Queen Elizabeth. Toward the end, her remoteness was treasured.


Silences and Scars

Jenny Uglow

Two new books on Berlin track the city through decades of growth, economic desperation, artistic innovation, Nazi terror, political division, and reunification.

Berlin: Life and Death in the City at the Center of the World by Sinclair McKay

The Undercurrents: A Story of Berlin by Kirsty Bell


Lucky Guy

Joshua Cohen

Jared Kushner’s anti-ideological ideology is to get the best deal for whomever he represents—the business he was born into, the business he married into, and, most of all, himself.

Breaking History: A White House Memoir by Jared Kushner

Previews: London Review Of Books – October 6, 2022

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Our new issue is finally online, ft Mahmood Mandani on leaving Uganda, Tony Wood on Russia’s energy crisis, @MJCarter10 at Westminster Abbey, @danielsoar on Ian McEwan, @amiasrinivasan on Andrea Dworkin, T.J. Clark on painting & poetry & a @Jon_McN cover.

On Leaving Uganda

Uganda’s constitution of 1995 entrenched the barrier against citizenship for non-indigenous applicants, who now had to belong to an indigenous group.

At Westminster Abbey

The bald lesson of the abbey’s memorials is that money, power and connections repeatedly trump virtue and talent.

Previews: Times Literary Supplement – Sept 30, 2022

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This week’s @TheTLS , featuring @RichardEvans36 on German militarism; Laura Thompson on Raine Spencer; A. N. Wilson on Turgenev; @colincraiggrant on Eureka Day; Claire Lowdon on Kamila Shamsie; @rauchway on interest rates – and more.

Architecture Books: Dana Krystle – ‘Sketchbook №13 – A Series Of Illustrations’

Sketchbook №13 is part of a large sketchbook series in architecture illustrations created between 2013 and 2022, in this sketchbook the illustrations were created between 2019 and 2022. Materials used in this sketchbook are mixed medias of oil paint, acrylics, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pen, ink, and colored pencils.

The aim of architecture illustrations is directed at creating inspiration and conceptual ideas that are used for creative concept decisions in projects and mood boards.

I hope this sketchbook gives you inspiration for creating your own version of architectural illustration sketchbooks and come up with beautiful architecture designs and concepts in your upcoming projects. A thorough documentation is set to collect and archive all the sketches that were created during this series and body of work.

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Books: The New York Times Book Review – Sept 25, 2022

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The New York Times Book Review – 25 September 2022

Historical Novels With a Few Tricks Up Their Sleeves

Special powers, avian obsession and visions of the future fuel these transporting and entertaining tales. By ALIDA BECKER

When Your Star Has Faded but There’s Time Left to Shine

Jonathan Coe’s novel “Mr. Wilder and Me” explores the late career of a legendary Hollywood director. By BENJAMIN MARKOVITS

Books: ‘The Biggest Ideas in the Universe – Space, Time, And Motion’ (2022)

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe

Vol. 1: SPACE, TIME, AND MOTION

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe

Vol. 1: SPACE, TIME, AND MOTION

Book cover for Sean Carroll's "The Biggest Ideas in the Universe"

Dutton Books, 20 September 2022

The goal of The Biggest Ideas in the Universe is to bridge the gap between popular-science treatments of modern physics and true expert knowledge. This is the real stuff — equations and all — presented in a way that presumes no prior knowledge other than high-school algebra. Readers will come up to speed about exactly what professional physicists are talking about, with an emphasis on established knowledge rather than speculation.

Volume One, Space, Time, and Motion, covers the domain of classical physics, from Newton to Einstein. We get introduced to Spherical Cow Philosophy, in which complications are stripped away to reveal the essence of a system, and the Laplacian Paradigm, in which the laws of physics take us from initial conditions into the future by marching through time. We learn the basic ideas of calculus, where we can calculate rates of change and how much of a quantity has accumulated. We think about the nature of space and time, separately and together. Finally we are introduced to the mysteries of non-Riemannian geometry and Einstein’s theory of curved spacetime, culminating into a dive into black holes.

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Books: Literary Review Of Canada – October 2022

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The Bear and the Beaver – Eight games, one goal – Robert Lewis

Sentence Structure – Views from the inside – Amy Reiswig

Me, My Shelf, and I – An account of empty boxes – Mark Kingwell

An Uncertain Royal Path – Three Windsor women and the future of the monarchy – Patricia Treble

The last Queen of Canada? – What comes next for Canada and the Crown – John Fraser