Category: New Books

The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread Reviewed by Susan Bazargan

Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread One of the first appearances of the word “misinformation” is in “Poverties Patience,” a lengthy poem Arthur Warren wrote while in debtors’ prison in 1604. Warren cautions his readers about shipwrecks caused by the “sweete” sonnets sung

The Overstory by Richard Powers Reviewed by Susan Bazargan

Reading Richard Powers’s The Overstory, I was reminded of George Herbert, the 17th-century metaphysical poet and priest, a “devotional lyricist” known for writing “pattern poems,” in which the lines are so arranged that they become visual, “concrete” representations of the subject of the poem. Powers’s novel offers a grand reworking