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GUEST BOOKS

Darcey Steinke

Darcey Steinke

The author’s favorite novels about challenges of faith, and the struggle to understand the divine.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

“We all made it this far in evolutionary history. So scientifically, we are all in this together.”

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Lords of the Cloud

Lords of the Cloud

This week in history: the smartphone debuts, forever changing language, commerce, and those at data’s helm.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

FICTION

Lila

Lila

By MARILYNNE ROBINSON

The author’s return to the town of Gilead, Iowa, and one woman’s entry into a new life. Review by John Freeman.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

READING ROMANCE

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Love me, love my secret identity?

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

GRIN & TONIC

It Was the Crest® of Times

It Was the Crest® of Times

“Call me—Ishmael—on my iPhone 6S.”

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

By DAVID QUAMMEN

Is the Ebola outbreak a harbinger of epidemics to come? Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × November 18, 2014 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

By ROBERT BEACHY

How Weimar culture gave birth to a sexual revolution. Review by Jessa Crispin.

Posted by × November 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Wittgenstein Jr

Wittgenstein Jr

By LARS IYER

A philosophy professor’s life of the mind founders on earthier ground.

Posted by × November 14, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

GB84

GB84

By DAVID PEACE

A fictional portrait of the coal strike that threatened to tear 1980s Britain apart.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

ESSAYS

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

By MEGHAN DAUM

An essayist pursues harsh reality head-on, and finds candor to be more complicated than she’d thought.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

By MICHEL FABER

An innovator’s professed last novel travels light-years to find truths of marriage and ministry. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Looking for escape artists on this year’s short list.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Millions of American Homes

Millions of American Homes

In honor of Veterans Day, a look at soldiers known and unknown.

Posted by × November 11, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Stephen Collins: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

A graphic novelist illustrates the road to his inspired new creation: a short story about long hair.

Posted by × November 11, 2014 ×