RaveThe Los Angeles Review of BooksTo his great credit, Robin’s aim is to avoid facile critiques from the left of Thomas’s political and legal philosophies ... Robin engages in a close reading of Thomas’s writings in the hopes of providing a coherent description of Thomas’s political and legal philosophies as well as their historical and personal contexts ... What’s most fascinating about the book is watching Thomas’s thoughts evolve, seeing him move to the right in real time ... Corey Robin has done all US citizens a great service by reading Thomas with such care, and by providing a fascinating and original interpretation of the man who, in many cases, quietly determines the direction we are taking.
RaveThe Los Angeles Review of BooksKafka...has been given the graphic treatment in Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories — this time by the illustrator Peter Kuper, whose menacing portraits fit so well with Kafka’s mood ... In rendering Kafka’s stories, Kuper translates them into an imagery that evokes things Kafka may never have known of or considered ... Kuper’s art likewise adds significant new dimensions to Kafka’s stories. He gives expression and personality to characters from stories that sometimes take up no more than a paragraph in Kafka’s collected works. Kuper’s ability to express movement and expression is also notable, and Kafkaesque has the quality of being not simply an adaptation but an artistic object in its own right.