Reluctant Habits

The Bat Segundo Show: Janet Reitman

Posted by in Bat Segundo, reitman-janet, Scientology

In this one hour radio interview, journalist Janet Reitman discusses Inside Scientology, her comprehensive five-year investigation into the Church of Scientology.

Against Essays About Reviews That Have No Corresponding Set of Virtues

Posted by in Book Reviewing, gumport-elizabeth, hardwick-elizabeth, orwell-george, Woolf, Virginia

Why Elizabeth Gumport fails to understand the essays she quotes and the realities of book reviewing.

Paid Author Events: The Future of Independent Bookstores?

Posted by in author events, Author Readings, Book Touring, bookcourt, booksmith, Bookstores, boulder book store, glenn kenny, Independent Bookstores, independent bookstores, indies, jennifer weiner, jonathan lethem, kepler's, o'nan-stewart, stephanie anderson, stewart o'nan, tayari jones, weiner-jennifer, word brooklyn

In this lengthy investigative report, we talk with numerous customers, booksellers, and authors to determine whether paid author events reflect a legitimate path for the independent bookstore.

Review: Bad Teacher (2011)

Posted by in Film

Bad Teacher is a curiously tepid film needlessly sanitized by its good intentions, with an underlying sexism getting in the way of bona-fide subversion.

The Bat Segundo Show: Mara Hvistendahl

Posted by in Bat Segundo, hvistendahl-mara, interview, Population

In this 40 minute interview, Mara Hvistendahl discusses Unnatural Selection, the problems with population control, skewered sex ratios, surplus men in China, and whether or not Paul Erlich is a crackpot.

Review: Green Lantern (2011)

Posted by in Film

If this year’s cinema has taught us anything, it’s this: don’t trust a movie with “green” in the title.

BAMcinemaFest: On Tour and Where Soldiers Come From

Posted by in bamcinemafest, Film

In this second BAMcinemaFest dispatch, our correspondent tackles burlesque dancers and a moving documentary about the National Guard serving in Afghanistan.

BAMcinemaFest: Weekend, Letters from the Big Man, and The Color Wheel

Posted by in bamcinemafest, Film

In this first BAMcinemaFest dispatch, our correspondent takes in weekend flings, Sasquatch romance, and a very annoying hipster who thinks he’s Buster Keaton.

A Conversation with Susan Freinkel

Posted by in Environment, freinkel-susan, interview, Plastics

In this comprehensive 8,000 word interview, journalist Susan Freinkel discusses Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and the unseen and unconsidered impact of plastic upon our environment.

The Bat Segundo Show: James Gleick

Posted by in Bat Segundo, gleick-james, Information

In this 40 minute radio interview, James Gleick discusses The Information, Claude Shannon, entropy, game theory, and the history of information.

Jennifer Schuessler: “Literary Occupation: Housewife”

Posted by in New York Times, schuessler-jennifer, Sexism, weiner-jennifer

Why does Jennifer Schuessler and The New York Times believe that any women who speaks her mind is engaging in a feud? Or little more than a happy housewife heroine?

The Bat Segundo Show: Adam Hochschild

Posted by in Bat Segundo, hochschild-adam, Pacifism, War, World War I

In this whirlwind 40 minute radio interview, historian Adam Hochschild discusses To End All Wars, World War I, pacifism, and relativistic courage.