Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:25pm
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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
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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
NOSELL

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:48pm
Taylor Swift rules.

What it must feel like to run through a crowd of people carrying signs with your name and your face, hordes of strangers reaching for you with arms outstretched and trying to grab at different parts of you.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 5:54pm
Robyn

Oh Robyn, how we have missed you.

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:18am
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

If it were possible to distill joy into liquid form and inject it directly into the vein, it still wouldn’t be as potent or infectious a high as “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

Stuffed to the brim with beautiful people, colors, happy songs and bright emotions, the sequel to the original 2008 “Mamma Mia” is one of the best movie theater experiences you’re likely to find this year, or even this decade. It’s two straight hours of cathartic emotional release, a swirling giddy combination of laughter, tears and dance.