Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants , by Robert Sullivan. Bloomsbury, 242 pages, $23.95.
Robert Sullivan’s Rats is a strange book. The peculiarities extend even to the acknowledgments, a long list of names – and that’s it-in which Anna Wintour appears twice (in a book about rodents?). Read More
Schott’s Original Miscellany: A Collection of Necessary Trivia, Uncommon Knowledge, and Vital Irrelevance , by Ben Schott. Bloomsbury, 158 pages, $14.95.
The old chestnut about what book you’d want on a desert island is outmoded now, what with most desert islands dedicated to reality programming. However, if you were to find yourself stranded in a Read More
On Blondes , by Joanna Pitman. Bloomsbury, 261 pages, $24.95.
If you’re sitting at a dinner party, and you look around and see that more than half the women have the same streaky blond hair, blame it on Homer. He was the one who first gave the epithet “golden” to Aphrodite and caused women Read More
In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies , a gossip columnist takes vengeance on his readers “with sultan-esque caprice” by telling them of inaccessible eating houses that he claims are the center of fashion. As a result, the Bright Young Things of London are led to temperance dance halls in Bloomsbury, to cafés where they are Read More
When fans of Harry Potter think back to the year 2000, they might remember it as the year of the big secret. For that was the year the media world serendipitously cast the fourth installment of the seven-part series as the Manhattan Project of the book publishing world.
But, according to insiders, the secrecy was Read More
We have been made to wait a long time–almost a century–for the visual art produced by the Bloomsbury Group in England to be given a comprehensive exhibition of its pictorial accomplishments. Now that a show called The Art of Bloomsbury has at last been mounted on a major scale–it currently occupies two spacious floors of Read More