For contributors to this paper's Short List section, working within the (more or less) 100-word format of each item is a regularly rewarding challenge. When every word quite literally counts, there's a genuine satisfaction in finding a way to make each of them work. But the ratio of satisfaction to frustration can tip if the subject is too big, too complex, or simply too various to fit into such a compact space. What follows is a trio of reviews that outgrew their Short List limits, gathered here as an extended addendum to that... More >>>