• The Meursault Investigation

    The Meursault Investigation

    By KAMEL DAOUD

    A superb debut novel refocuses the story of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” onto the Algerian man at its center, and his vengeful brother’s journey. Review by David Burr Gerrard.

  • Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword

    Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword

    By DAVID K. SHIPLER

    A Pulitzer Prize winner has penned a history of liberated language. How does it fare in an age of trigger warnings and NSA wiretaps? Stefan Beck reports.

  • The Physics of Sorrow

    The Physics of Sorrow

    By GEORGI GOSPODINOV

    An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.

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Glad All Over

Glad All Over

Greil Marcus’s month in review spotlights spring awakenings, from Paris to West Virginia and back again.

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GRIN & TONIC

Looking Back

Looking Back

“Color in cave paintings? Next thing you know, two dimensions won’t be enough.”

Posted by × June 3, 2015 ×

MYSTERY

The Golden Age of Murder

The Golden Age of Murder

By MARTIN EDWARDS

A new look at the era in which the modern detective story — no supernatural explanations allowed — came of age. Review by Michael Dirda.

Posted by × June 3, 2015 ×

REDISCOVERY

Strong Motion

Strong Motion

By JONATHAN FRANZEN

As part of our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Discover Great New Writers, Elliott Holt looks back at an early selection: Jonathan Franzen’s earthquake thriller-meets-love-story.

Posted by × June 3, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

The Second Big Bang

The Second Big Bang

This week in history: cable news hits the airwaves, accelerating journalism to a fever pitch.

Posted by × June 2, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist

By PIERRE BIRNBAUM; Translated by ARTHUR GOLDHAMMER

Why the life of France’s first Jewish Prime Minister is more relevant than ever.

Posted by × June 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

Mislaid

Mislaid

By NELL ZINK

An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

By MARGARET LAZARUS DEAN

A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

Girl at War

Girl at War

By SARA NOVIĆ

A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

POETRY

Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Marian Palaia at War’s Perimeter

Marian Palaia at War’s Perimeter

The author of “The Given World” picks six war stories of brutality, humor, and beauty.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Caught in the Riptide

Caught in the Riptide

This week in history: Constantinople falls, as present-day implications take root.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

REDISCOVERY

The South

The South

By COLM TÓIBÍN

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Discover Great New Writers program, Katherine A. Powers looks back at an early selection: Colm Toibin’s novel of a Irish exile in Catalonia.

Posted by × May 26, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Water Knife

The Water Knife

By PAOLO BACIGALUPI

A dystopian drought fuels a story of survivors searching for the cure, with cues from the worlds of cyberpunk and crime noir. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × May 26, 2015 ×