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Thinking Aloud: “Fatherland”

Feb. 16, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Fatherland by Robert Harris. Fatherland is a detective novel with a twist: it takes place in an alternative history 20 years after Germany won World War II. Xavier Marsh is an investigator … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Tsar of Love and Techno”

Dec. 23, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. It’s an epic, surreal novel that spans decades and thousands of miles, composed of disparate threads of story and peopled by characters bound … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics,” The Book

Sept. 1, 2015 by Darius  The basic premise of economics is that people act in their own best interest. But in the real world, do they? That question underpins the field of behavioral economics. I recently read Misbehaving: The Making … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Late-Summer Reading

Aug. 18, 2015 by Darius  Looking for some late-summer beach reading?  Here are a few recommendations from my recent vacation. All these are the first books in their respective series. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. The body of a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Italians”

Aug. 9, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Italians by John Hooper, a British journalist who has been based in Italy and southern Europe for decades.  The Italians is a charming portrait of one of Europe’s most distinctive cultures. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Water Knife”

July 31, 2015 by Darius  California is currently in the midst of a three-year drought.  What if that drought stretched for decades and impacted the entire American Southwest?  That idea is the premise of Paolo Bacigalupi’s excellent new science fiction … Continue reading

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