Pat Barker's novel, a retelling of Homer's "Iliad" from the perspective of Briseis, a princess whose capture leads to her historical place as Achilles's "bed-girl," raises the stakes for all historical writing in that it reminds us to do as Abigail Adams urged her husband: "Remember the ladies."
Identity is a tangled weave for we clannish creatures. And one must work to distinguish its strands. In arguing for a concept of human identity that transcends race, religion, nation, culture and class, Kwame Anthony Appiah has set himself a formidable task.
In his new book “World War II at Sea,” historian Craig L. Symonds has crafted an immensely readable history of the Second World War via the perspective of the world’s navies.
Sept. 11, 2001, was a national tragedy that deeply affected author Adam Schefter, a native New Yorker, in more ways than he knew at the time.
A young woman's determination to overcome her past mental problems tests her resolve when she becomes involved in the high-profile case of a violent young man in the superior "Leave No Trace" by Mindy Mejia.
Comedian Bill Burr stays busy with six stand-up specials, a twice-weekly podcast and an animated sitcom under his belt. He’s currently touring the nation with two back-to-back shows coming up Sept. 16 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.
From paintings to comedy, from film to photography, The Post and Courier's resident arts and culture expert rounds up noteworthy events in town this fall.
JANE ON THE BRAIN: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence with Jane Austen. By Wendy Jones. Pegasus Books. 336 pages. $27.95.
The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend's observation: "David's always had a cheerful disposition and sunny personality, but he's always been attracted to dark things. That's one of the mysteries of David."
The Charleston Music Hall and South Carolina Aquarium present the second annual International Ocean Film Tour at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Six short documentary films will be screened at the Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets are $15.
One person said reading South Carolina native Horace Mungin’s new book about jazz is like taking a tour with a well-informed guide.
She's found much success writing novels that have been adapted into movies. But Terry McMillian says making films isn't as exciting as it sounds.
Ansari is known for his progressive politics and his support of the #MeToo movement, but that didn't immunize him against allegations of sexual impropriety and hypocrisy.
RACE TO HAWAII: The 1927 Dole Air Derby and the Thrilling First Flights That Opened the Pacific. By Jason Ryan. Chicago Review Press. 320 pages. $26.99.
Two former professional ballet dancers have reunited after careers in New York City to teach the next generation at the Dance Conservatory of Charleston.
Footlight Players, the 87-year-old community theater company located on Queen Street, is turning its building into multi-discipline performing arts center.
DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy. By Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts. The New Press. 464 pages. $28.99.
Good first lines have the power to pull a reader into the story. Think of Herman Melville’s “Call me Ishmael.” Or Tolstoy’s “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
The frontispiece to Michiko Kakutani’s new book features Francisco de Goya’s 1815 etching “The Death of Truth.” In it, the feminine figure of Truth lies at the center with arms crossed, the final rays of her illumination fading across the page.
Westminster Choir College, the storied institution from which Spoleto Festival USA’s Westminster Choir comes, will remain in Princeton, N.J., after sometimes contentious debate over its fiscal well-being and fate.
For decades Leo Twiggs has been producing batik paintings in his Orangeburg studio, images that often refer to the troubled history of the South. An elder statesman of contemporary art in South Carolina, Twiggs now is reaping honors, including this year's Society 1858 Prize, for his remarkab…
In 2015, Italian artist Hitnes embarked on a three-month tour of the U.S. to observe America's bird species and, ultimately, organize a fascinating exhibition called “The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon.”
Early in “The Only Story,” Julian Barnes’s 23rd book, his narrating hero professes, “I’m not trying to spin you a story. I’m trying to tell you the truth,” a sentence that should set off alarms in readers of his work.
Clive Cussler is the author of more than 70 books. In real life, he and his exploration crew have discovered more than 75 shipwrecks, including the Confederate submarine Hunley right here in Charleston.
The Johnson Collection in Spartanburg has become so substantial that serious museum curators and scholars of American art already know all about it.
While the bulk of John Meacham's “Soul of America” is concentrated on several generally well-known controversies in American public life, the real thrust of it, and by far more compelling subtext, is a response to the actions and rhetoric of the current resident of the White House, whom Meacham describes as “determined to undermine the rule of law, a free press and a sense of hope essential to American life.”
In a June issue of The New York Times Book Review, Dorothea Benton Frank is quoted as saying, “I’m the one you want to sit next to when things are dull.” Anyone who has any of her 18 novels knows this is true. Frank’s humor permeates the pages of all her books, including her latest novel, “By Invitation Only,” a story of a wedding, dueling mothers-in-law, haves and have-nots and family secrets. Frank says the novel was inspired by the recent marriages of her son and daughter, and by the potential for disaster when events don’t go as planned.
Local artists soon could have reason to pop a cork, christen a newly organized venue and celebrate a modest victory at a time when space is hard to come by.
Cecil Williams' photography exhibit at the Charleston County Public Library includes a tribute to the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1968-69.
Call them the Gullah Power Couple and they squirm, but Ron and Natalie Daise do more than most to inform people about Gullah-Geechee culture and history.