He was a loud, obnoxious, flamboyant bully, who surrounded himself with sycophants, promised the white working class the moon, and trampled on the rights of Jews, immigrants, women, gays and lesbians. Read up, be vigilant.
A Nobel Prize winner plumbs the Russian soul after the fall of the Soviet Union in her latest oral history, chronicling the everyday and the extraordinary, horrible memories and dashed dreams.
The Harvard sociologist embedded himself with white and black poverty-stricken families in Milwaukee and then wrote a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction depicting just how massively the deck is stacked against the American poor.
Trees, left to themselves, adjust to the world in which they exist, through good times and bad, in ways that we humans can only dream of.
Dillard's essays go about "finding a workable compromise between the sublimity of our ideas and the absurdity of the fact of us," nudging us toward the insight that the absurdities of our existence are what give us glimpses of the sublime.