Articles by Darryl Campbell

April 18, 2013

Eat, Drink, and Read Mary: The Millions Interviews Mary Roach 0

I think digestion is another lurid, taboo subject — particularly from the navel down. But even what goes on in the mouth is an unthinkable, revolting thing that no one wants to think about. There was a sense that this was right up my stinky little alley.

September 11, 2012

Is This Book Bad, or Is It Just Me? The Anatomy of Book Reviews 38

You can critique the critics. You can be a meta-Michiko. Use this knowledge wisely.

November 4, 2010

American Rust and Other Recession Fictions 2

Besides getting the economic indicators right, Philipp Meyer understands that socioeconomic malaise and personal malaise are two sides of the same coin. He shows, through the eyes of each of the main characters, the human consequences of a sick economy.

October 12, 2010

Our Meals, Ourselves: A Short History of Food Writing 5

“Tell me what you eat,” wrote Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, “and I will tell you what you are.”

September 21, 2010

Remembering Ken Burns’s The Civil War: A Documentary of Difficult Ideas 1

By the standards of most “historical” documentaries, The Civil War lacks a certain testicular fortitude. It is, well, rather bookish.

August 26, 2010

Oral History at the End of the World: World War Z and its Cousins 3

World War Z is not a shallow book by any means. But World War Z never quite manages the same level of moral pique as The Good War and the now obscure former bestseller Warday, a bleak speculative oral history of America after a nuclear attack.

July 26, 2010

Orwell and the Tea Party 40

George Orwell never thought that his work would outlive him by much. After all, he considered himself “a sort of pamphleteer” rather than a genuine novelist. Yet sixty years later, Orwell endures, and I am not sure that this is a good thing.