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Unruly Places, by Alastair Bonnett: Review

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
By Alastair Bonnett
270 pp; $30

The South African poet Lionel Abrahams once reminded us that, “Memory takes root only half in the folds of the brain: half’s in the concrete streets we have lived along.” Abrahams was Johannesburg’s unofficial poet laureate, the reigning flâneur of an unwalkable city. 975 more words


Age of Ambition, by Evan Osnos: Review

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
By Evan Osnos
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
403 pp; $31

Once upon a time in China, paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, who would in 1979 begin nudging his country toward the greatest orgy of national development in human history, uttered the injunction, “Tao guang yang hui” — hide brightness, nourish obscurity. 986 more words