Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival By Luke Harding Vintage. 312 pp. $18 - - - Of all the millions of horrifying, heartbreaking and sometimes inspiring images that have emerged from Ukraine since Russia's invasion nine months ago, one that has stood out for me is a photo of "Wolf_68" graffitied on the wall of a home in Bucha, a city where Russian troops carried out a grisly massacre of Ukrainian civilians in March. Reuters reporters quickly determined that "Wolf_68" was the handle, on several social media networks, of a Russian soldier from the northwestern city of Pskov. Wolf_68 stands out not only because it's unusual for war criminals to sign their work. The moment also exemplifies a war shaped by its participants' use of social media networks - particularly, Twitter, Instagram and the Russian-developed app Telegram. Media technologies often define wars in popular memory, from Mathew Brady's photographs of the Civil War to … [Read more...] about Book World: A new book on the war in Ukraine tries to tell a story in progress
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Jaclyn Gartner was scrolling through photos of shelter pups when one caught her eye: A dog named Van Gogh with only one ear. His left ear had been ripped off in the cruel world of dog fighting, and he was found bloodied and cowering inside a drainage pipe, covered in cuts and scrapes. A shelter in North Carolina was trying to get him adopted. "He'd had an absolutely horrific life, and yet he looked happy, and I was told he got along well with people," said Gartner, founder of the Happily Furever After Rescue in Bethel, Conn., which takes in pets at risk of being put down in shelters because they are old or disabled. "His ear had to be surgically removed, but Van Gogh was resilient, even after all he'd been through." "I had to rescue him," she added. Gartner arranged for the nonprofit Pilots N Paws to fly Van Gogh to her in Connecticut in June. She … [Read more...] about Nobody wanted to adopt the dog with one ear – until he started painting
The Twist of a Knife By Anthony Horowitz Harper. 373. $29.99 - - - Anthony Horowitz is toying with us again. In his latest novel, "The Twist of a Knife," the main character - and possibly murderer - is a mystery writer named Anthony Horowitz. This is the fourth in a series in which Horowitz the real-life writer has audaciously and quite effectively inserted himself, or some version of himself, into his novel. (You don't have to have read the others to thoroughly enjoy this one.) Fictional Horowitz's sidekick in the series is the smart-mouthed ex-Metropolitan Police detective Daniel Hawthorne. To keep readers on their toes, Horowitz the character name-drops the TV and book projects his alter ego in the real world has created - "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War" among them. Trust me, it's more fun than confusing. Like "Glass Onion," "The Twist of a Knife" is as much a work of dry humor as it is a murder mystery. The novel is twisty and fast-paced, as Horowitz and … [Read more...] about Book World: Whodunit? In Anthony Horowitz’s new novel, the villain may be the author.