Thursday, November 20, 2008
The New Yorker might not have the cache of The Internet Review of Books [insert emoticon of choice], but its recent review of Richard Reeve's John Stuart Mill biography is worth reading. In fact, Adam Gopnik does such a good job with the review, it would be easy to skip the book. Gopnik, author of the must-read Paris to the Moon, is clearly a fan of JSM. His review is less a critique of Reeve's book as a summary. He hits all the highlights of Mill's life and does it with wit and grace -- two qualities in short supply in Reeve's dense tome.