Genevieve Valentine

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Horrors Pile Up Quietly In 'The Other Slavery'

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Andrés Reséndez' new book is a careful and scholarly examination of the enslavement of indigenous people in the Americas. It lays bare a shameful chapter of history, with a clear line to the present.


'Hong Gildong': Korea's Classic Swashbuckler Gets A New Translation

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A young nobleman leaves home and ends up joining a group of outlaws — sound familiar? No, it's not Robin Hood, it's the iconic Korean hero Hong Gildong, and it's time the rest of the world met him.


A Reference Guide To Reference In 'You Could Look It Up'

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Of the many problems facing dictionary authors past and present, the most predatory of them seem to be — in order — time, politics, and ghost words. And if you're already pulling up a tab to Google "ghost words," You Could Look it Up is written just for you. A ...


'How To Be A Tudor': Not As Stinky As You Think

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sometimes you want your history close to home. It's a good thing, then, that Ruth Goodman seriously commits to her research. In How to Be a Tudor, billed as "a dawn-to-dusk guide to Tudor life," she recounts her experiences with lower- and middle-class daily habits, including Elizabethan hygiene regimens (not ...


Folklore For Hipsters: Fairy Tales Before They Were Cool

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Reading The Tale of Tales, Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.

Perhaps most importantly, the book's an erstwhile history course, and for those who enjoy a sense ...


A Nightmare Artist Adrift In 'Deep Sea'

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"It was hard — terrible, sometimes — but that's life, real life! Know what I'm saying?"

There's something both handy and unfortunate about a classic novel brought into a new market after a major motion picture with the same general concept. "It's like Inception" is the quickest, cleanest way to ...


A Rambling Love Letter To The Silver Screen In 'How To Watch'

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Between exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, there's an interactive behind-the-scenes playground. You can record Marilyn Monroe's lines in the ADR booth; you can plug goofy sound effects into Jurassic Park. Sure, some of it's just to amuse kids (make the raptors meow!), but if you ...


A New Alcott Emerges From The 'Annotated Little Women'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Find someone who's read Little Women, and you'll find someone with opinions about Little Women. There's something almost as comforting about the well-worn arguments as about the book. It's a pillar of a literary childhood, or it's a treacly, preachy domestic fable. Jo should have accepted Laurie, or Jo should ...


A Dark And Stormy Night: Why We Love The Gothic

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Crimson Peak's previews hardly bothered with the ghosts haunting its dilapidated mansion. It didn't need them. Mia Wasikowska runs down moonlit stairs in a nightgown with a ten-foot train — that's all you need to know. By now, the Gothic speaks for itself, and it's trained us to listen.



Enlightenment Proves Elusive In 'Witches Of America'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

There's no such thing as an objective cultural history; that's just the nature of the beast. Every student brings something to their research, and every reader brings something to the text. And that's before you get into the idea of memoir as an approach unto itself. Documentarian Alex Mar walks ...


'Lime Street' Bewitches With Mystery And Mayhem

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Any historical account worth its salt knows this underlying truth: The two fighters in any face-off are never alone. They stand atop a hundred things that buoyed and buffeted them until they came to be staring one another down. When Harry Houdini (yes, the legend) showed up at 10 Lime ...


An Intergalactic Adventure Winds To A Close In 'Ancillary Mercy'

Monday, October 05, 2015

"But I will sustain myself

With nothing more than the perfume of jasmine flowers..."

If you don't know the Ancillary series by now, you probably should. Ann Leckie's sociopolitical space opera almost singlehandedly breathed new cool into the stereotype of spaceships trundling through far-off systems amid laser battles. It helped ...


Share 'The Social Sex' With One Of Your Bosom Buddies

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"The journey would have been pleasant in most circumstances ... but because you were there, it was wholly delightful."

-- Winifred Holtby, in a letter to best friend and companion Vera Brittain

In Anne of Green Gables, passionately impulsive Anne Shirley throws herself into a friendship with her easygoing neighbor ...


'Girl Who Wrote Loneliness' Tells An Almost-True Tale With Tenor Of A Ghost Story

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A teenage girl is working on a factory line, assembling stereos in Seoul during the industrial boom of the 1970s. She's lied about her age to get the job; she's being pressured to leave the workers' union so management will keep paying for her to attend high school at night, ...


Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun'

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

It might seem odd to be reading about an old-fashioned farmstead shootout and thinking about how charming it is, but if you're reading Girl Waits With Gun, you might as well get used to it. You'll be thinking that a lot, because the women holding down this particular farmstead are ...


A House That's Not A Home In 'Bright Lines'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In the sweltering summer of 2003, studious and awkward Ella comes home from college and sneaks back into her own house. She's trying to avoid her adoptive parents — her uncle Anwar and aunt Hashi — and, maybe, to share the secret of her return with her outgoing cousin Charu, ...


Queen Of The Desert Gertrude Bell, In Her Own Words

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"I cannot feel exiled here; it is a second native country."

Every biography carries dual burdens. One is to represent the life of the subject in the time they lived — how they operated within their own system — as honestly as possible. (That last bit's a real stinger; it's ...


'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

Monday, August 03, 2015

It's the least surprising thing in the world to discover that historian Alex Kershaw's latest book, Avenue of Spies, has already been optioned for development with Sony Pictures TV. Its circumstances — an American family in Paris aiding the French resistance from an apartment only a few doors down from ...


Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart Of The Home In 'Let Me Tell You'

Thursday, July 23, 2015

To read one of Shirley Jackson's signature works is to live in a house built on sand. From novels like We Have Always Lived in the Castle to the iconic "The Lottery," Jackson's worlds carve some essential, uncanny instability out of the everyday, and any of us can sink without ...


For This Nostalgia Trip, 'We Don't Need Roads'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

There's no question the Back to the Future trilogy has entrenched itself in the collective pop-culture imagination for even longer than Reagan could have imagined when he adopted the movie's catchphrase about not needing roads to appeal to The Youth. It's been a video game (twice), a theme park ride ...