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Peter Kaufman’s new book addresses the challenges of “truthiness.” Photo by Sophia Kaufman​

Media vs. the ‘Monsterverse’ (It’s Not about Godzilla)

In his new book, “The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge,” Peter Kaufman (an author who lives in Lakeville, Conn.) takes us deep into history to locate the moments when information was made accessible to the people — and the moments when making it accessible was a crime punishable by death.


In his newest book, George Saunders turns to nonfiction and makes the study of Russian literature and the short story form accessible and entertaining. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Lessons from a Master — About Fiction, Writers and Life

This is a masterclass in a book. In “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russian Writers Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life,” George Saunders, fiction author extraordinaire and professor of creative writing at Syracuse, takes us through a close reading of seven short-story masterpieces, all by Russian writers.


Simon Winchester talks about his new book, “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World,” in a virtual conversation  with Becky Thornton,  on Jan. 20, hosted by Oblong. Photo by Andrew Blechman, The Berkshire Edge

Winchester Wonders: Who Really Owns the Land?

Simon Winchester was an adventure traveler, a young Brit in the 1960s who started small by hitchhiking around North America and then dove deeper by joining a six-man sledding expedition in an uncharted section of the East Greenland ice cap. 

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