Jane Brox’s ‘Brilliant” Reviewed in NYT Bk Rev

The Merrimack Valley’s own Jane Brox earned a full page review of her new book “Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light” in the NYT Book Review. A full page review in the Sunday Times is major-league attention. Reviewer Elizabeth Royte spends most of her sentences describing what’s in the book and is sparing in the kind of praise that authors, editors, and publishers, especially the marketing people, crave. I didn’t see the proverbial “killer quote” (in a good way), but Royte gives Jane her due for this in-depth exploration of one of the basics of life these days. We just expect to have light at night now. Wasn’t always the case, as Jane explains so thoughtfully in the book.

Here’s some applause from the reviewer: “Ruminative and curious, Brox excels at discussing the cultural and psychological changes wrought by more and better light….”

Read the full review here, and considering buying one or more copies of the book, please. This commercial is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Writers Association (or would be if we had one).

2 Responses to Jane Brox’s ‘Brilliant” Reviewed in NYT Bk Rev

  1. corey says:

    Excellent article. Informative and well written. Also, I wholeheartedly agree compact fluorescents are awful. Never mind the quality of light, that stupid delay they have when flicked on is a huge step backwards. Also, what’s the motivation behind this? There are all kinds of toxins in CF bulbs, and really…IC light is practically free. You can run a 100W IC bulb 24/7 for pennies a day. If you want to go after electricity usage, go after dryers, refrigerators, hot water heaters, pools, air conditioners.