NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2018

I haven’t read any of these and I’d like to try at least a couple (except for the last two, obviously, because yikes). Has anybody here read them and can recommend?

9 thoughts on “NYTimes: The 10 Best Books of 2018”

  1. Concerning the last two books listed:

    I haven’t read either of them, but the last one — clearly a ripoff of a hundred other Mommy Dearest/Daddy Dearest cathartic exposés penned by the bitter children of dead celebrities — might be the most psychologically interesting, for a few pages.

    As for the next to last, written by an idiot who believes that driving yourself into psychotic lunacy with mind-altering drugs will reveal the secrets of the universe — Timothy Leary did a better job of promoting that madness, sixty years ago.

    The third book in the list — about the nasty nanny — just might be chilling enough to hold the reader’s attention, especially if the reader were a parent of a small child.


  2. May be, “Frederick Douglass” by David W. Blight is interesting.

    For light reading, I became interested in “Educated” by Tara Westover.


    1. A friend of mine went to Cambridge with Westover and were friends! I’ll probably have to read it at some point just because of that. Of course my friend only has glowing things to say, but she’s obviously biased.


  3. I have probably found a good new blog and wanted to share:

    Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering the war in Syria and Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions.



    1. @el : Take a good look at this “good new blog”:

      Robert Fisk is a well-known Middle East correspondent whose “independent”views have for years been consistently anti-Israel in its struggle against Hamas, were strongly against NATO during its bombing campaign to end the war crimes committed by the Serbs in Kosovo, repeatedly praised bin Laden while he was alive, and blamed America for enabling and tacitly encouraging the pre-Desert-Storm crimes of Saddam Hussein.

      He’s a not-so-“independent” far-left journalist whose own words (“My favorite moment came when I pointed out that journalists should be on the side of those who suffer”) reveal that he always feels morally compelled to choose the weaker side regardless of who’s at fault: Gaza rocket attacks kill 20 Israelis, and the necessary Israeli self-defense response kills 600 Palestinians because the Hamas rockets were hidden in school yards and hospitals, and so the IDF are automatically the bad guys — Get the picture?

      Take a careful reading of the articles in the link you posted about Robert Fisk, and his biases will be evident. Fisk claims that he held similar views with the late Uri Avnery — but while Avnery went soft on Hamas toward the end of his long life, he was never misguided enough to consider those terrorist butchers to ever be morally superior to Israel and Western Democratic values in general.


  4. Some recent reads (not necessarily recently published):

    The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution – David Wootton
    The Habsburg Empire: A New History – Pieter Judson
    Collected Short Stories – Clarice Lispector
    The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance – Jim Al-Khalili
    The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
    Cold Hand in Mine – Robert Aickman
    Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism – Eva Illouz (h/t to Clarissa)


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