Category Archives: Books

Introducing Home Grown, my new Kindle Single

[Amazon] Some big news: today Amazon is publishing my Kindle Single Home Grown: Cage the Elephant and the Making of a Modern Music Scene. You can buy it here for $1.99, then read it on your smart phone, iPad, computer, … Continue reading

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A profile of David Plowden

[Chicago Reader] In this week’s Chicago Reader I’ve got a short profile of David Plowden, the distinguisehd 81-year-old photographer who’s just released Heartland, his stunning new book. Head over to the Reader‘s website to check my story out out — … Continue reading

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Blockbusters, blockbusters everywhere

[Boston Globe] In today’s Ideas section, in the Boston Globe, I’ve got a profile of Anita Elberse, a professor at Harvard Business school and the author of a smart new book called┬áBlockbusters. Elberse demonstrates quite persuasively that blockbusters — whether … Continue reading

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A review of David Finkel’s Thank You For Your Service

[Christian Science Monitor] Today on the Christian Science Monitor’s website I’ve got a review of David Finkel’s staggering new book, Thank You For Your Service. It’s probably the best nonfiction title I’ve read this year — either it or George … Continue reading

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The New New National Book Awards

[All Things Considered] This morning on NPR, I got to talk about the National Book Awards. The story details some of the changes to this year’s nomination process, but I was there to talk about the Awards’ history. I wrote … Continue reading

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Finding the biographer in the biography

[Wall Street Journal] In this Sunday’s Wall Street Journal I’ve got a ┬álong review of A. Scott Berg’s new biography Wilson. It’s also an essay on what exactly a biographer adds to any biography. Just four years ago, another excellent … Continue reading

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A review of Boris Kachka’s Hothouse

[San Francisco Chronicle] In yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle I’ve got a review of Boris Kachka’s Hothouse, a fun new book on the history of FSG. Kachka’s uncovered a ton of good anecdotes, including this one about improbable FSG author Tom … Continue reading

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