Controversies

addictionThe Biology of Desire by Marc Lewis argues that addiction Is not a disease, taking on the reigning model in medicine and recovery and bolstering his case with research data and engaging narratives of addicts’ lives  Once Upon a Time in Russia by Ben Mezrich looks at the not entirely lawful rise of the new oligarchs in Russia, where the line between business and crime (intimidation tactics, political maneuvering, bribery, even assassination) is thin. Dylan Goes Electric by Elijah Wald takes a look at the night that split the folk revival.  When Dylan showed up at the Newport Folk Festival with a band, the audience of folk purists and activists, who had hailed Dylan as their prophet, reacted with shock and awe. His brief set signaled the end of the folk revival and birthed rock as something more than “yeah yeah yeah. “Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates, is a “bold and personal exploration of America’s racial history” by “the single best writer on the subject in the US” (NY Observer).

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