'Magic + Loss' in The New Yorker!

Louis Menand on Tom Vanderbilt's new book on taste and "Magic and Loss." 

...her book (thankfully) is more like an essay than like a treatise. Heffernan is smart, her writing has flair, she can refer intelligently to Barthes, Derrida, and Benjamin—also to Aquinas, Dante, and Proust—and she knows a lot about the Internet and its history. She is good company.