Dreaming to Scale: The Life and Times of Norman Bel Geddes

The Man Who Designed the Future is the story of a post-school life both utterly singular and deeply emblematic. Bel Geddes may not quite have invented the future, but between 1914 and 1958 he had a lot to do with how millions of Americans came to understand, envision, and desire it. … More Dreaming to Scale: The Life and Times of Norman Bel Geddes

‘Broken River’ Is a Slippery Thriller With One Hell of an Ending

Broken River, J. Robert Lennon’s eighth novel and tenth book, starts with a double murder. Around one in the morning, a nameless family—a man, a woman, their one child—attempt to flee their home. They get in their car and instead of getting away, crash into a tree. The parents are then shot and killed. Nobody … More ‘Broken River’ Is a Slippery Thriller With One Hell of an Ending

Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Is Trendy But Tiring

In Into the Water, Paula sticks to her tried and tested template, this time infusing it with three trendy psychological thriller elements: estranged sisters who are brought together by a crisis, a narrative about misunderstood and wronged women, and a combination of modern feminist ideas with the ancient tradition witch hunting. … More Paula Hawkins’s ‘Into the Water’ Is Trendy But Tiring

The Isolation of ‘The Worlds We Think We Know’

In order to operate comfortably on a day-to-day basis, people must rely on apparent truths of the sensory world when interacting with people and places. Dalia Rosenfeld’s robust new collection of short stories, The Worlds We Think We Know, considers the implications of such personal isolation in the context of cultural identity. … More The Isolation of ‘The Worlds We Think We Know’