Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 3:58pm

And yet, despite the juiciness of the conceit and the caliber of the actors anchoring the piece, absolutely nothing in this film captures the attention or imagination of the audience.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:49pm

Young adult literature has two lives: The first is during adolescence, when the stories being told connect directly with their target audience. YA helps people through their teenage years, offering relatable characters and exciting adventures, teaching empathy and resilience. Its second life comes when the stories worm their way under the skin of the readers and become roots, firmly planted as a part of the reader’s DNA.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:50am

In “The Archer,” Taylor is well and truly alone, maybe for the first time since she stepped onto the public stage in 2006.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:25pm

Like Hazel Grace with “An Imperial Affliction,” John Green’s work feels intensely personal to me. It’s evangelical-zeal-inducing and formative in every sense of the word, not only emotionally or intellectually, but also in terms of real relationships Green’s work has impacted my life.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:38pm
Alex Honnold

When I watch Alex Honnold climb, it makes me crave that perfect solitude, the simultaneous rootedness and weightlessness he experiences when the sum total of his existence in that moment hinges on putting one foot in front of the other.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 3:32pm
Maria Popova

Popova examines the lives of the people — mostly queer women — usually excluded from science writing, and in doing so, crafts a narrative about the way people move through history and the way they perceive the scope of the universe. As Virginia Woolf would describe it, “Figuring” is, “no longer rooted, but gold flowing.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 3:21pm

She was a deeply complicated person who carried with her a lot of talent and a lot of trauma, and her life bore the weight of both. And yet, despite every good attempt to sketch her many facets in full three dimension, Benedict’s novel ultimately flattens Lamarr.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 5:35pm

I feel, at this point, so allergic to anything ironic or numb in art, whether that’s how it’s made or how I engage with it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 12:41pm
Books on Liberty

This Tuesday Oct. 23, a public art project by the University’s Institute for Humanities called “Literature vs. Traffic” was installed on Liberty St. Over 10,000 books covered the street all day, and pedestrians were invited to walk through the books and pick from them at night. Among the thousands of Ann Arbor residents who experienced the display were three Daily Book Review writers. These are their stories:

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 9:50pm

But despite the opulence and drama of it all, Tolstoy’s magnum opus remains the most achingly human story I’ve ever read.