Pop Culture

Over/Under-Rated: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This week, we take a look at a French novel (translated, of course–my French begins and ends with voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir), which has managed to straddle “bestseller-dom” and “intellectually stimulating reads-ville.” Of course, this mixing does not please the bookish overlords, who have compared the novel to a piece of Ikea furniture–”popular, […]

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Over/Under-rated Books: The Alchemist

This week, in your guide to popular reading (as defined by the New York Times’ and Amazon’s Bestsellers lists), we review an extraordinarily well-known, resilient work, which has maintained astronomical book sales for over 20 years. Naturally, we don’t like it very much.