Culture 12 February 2010 Culture Vulture: the NS recommends Have you read our book reviews? Are you hungry for more? Then try these. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without ItPhilip BallBodley Head, 451pp, £20 Combining technical knowledge with an illuminating style, the science writer Philip Ball argues for the centrality of music to human culture, taking in philosophy, mathematics, history and neurology. Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?Mark FisherZero Books, 92pp, £7.99 The 2008 financial crash has failed to reinvigorate progressive politics, although many hoped that it would. The critic and academic (and NS contributor) Mark Fisher explains why this is so. His brief but compelling polemic shows how three decades of Thatcherism have left us unable to imagine a better society -- and saddled with a dysfunctional market state. Read Hard: Five Years of Great Writing from the BelieverEdited by Ed Park and Heidi JulavitsMcSweeney's, 389pp, £16.99 The American literary journal the Believer, part of Dave Eggers's McSweeney's empire, celebrates its fifth birthday with this collection of essays and interviews. An eclectic range of topics (from W G Sebald to Dungeons and Dragons, from urban blight to 1930s crime scandals) is covered by writers including Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Tom Bissell and Richard Powers. Read our full books coverage here. › Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Q&A Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Paula Hawkins: a pulp-feminist follow-up on The Girl on the Train George Saunders: “I would tell Trump supporters: I'm somewhere left of Gandhi” From zombie parades to Stranger Things: why is our culture obsessed with monsters?