Teaching Us the Names | Books and Culture

With the publication of “Can Poetry Matter?” in 1991, Dana Gioia established himself as a provocative essayist and public intellectual, and his recent tenure as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts gave him an influential platform from which to promote his belief in poetry’s importance. The publication of 99 Poems: New and…

Mind the Gap? | Books and Culture

Social scientists do much of their work with little fanfare; some make names for themselves as experts on specific areas of concern, but most have a small sphere of influence. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam is a notable exception whose work reaches far beyond typical academic circles. His 1995 article “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social…

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

If you have already been following the adventures of LAPD Detective Harry Bosch and, along the way, his half-brother, Mickey Haller (“the Lincoln Lawyer”), the two frequently intersecting, you have probably already acquired your copy of Michael Connelly’s latest novel, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, featuring Bosch in the lead role but with Haller heavily…