In two new books, Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen celebrate the glory of America's national parks -- and look with concern at their future. Review by Peter Lewis.
Hot Line Ring
On this day in 1963, the Moscow-Washington "hot line" became operational, in the hopes that nuclear catastrophe could be avoided by direct communication.
A Fascination with the Moment: Michael Gross on the Framing of Fashion
In "Focus," author and longtime fashion reporter Michael Gross turned his gaze from model to photographer, taking in both brilliant visual innovations and tabloid-fodder excess. A conversation...
In Nathan Hill's debut novel, an apparent attack on a right-wing politician puts a supposed former radical in the headlines, and prompts her son to pursue the mystery of why she left him. Review...
The Underground Railroad
In his new novel, Colson Whitehead tells the story of a woman’s flight from slavery to freedom — along a path conjured out of equal parts history and imagination. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Friday Afternoon in the Universe
David Ulin on the mysticism and music of Jack Kerouac's strangest -- and most ambitious -- work.
On an August day in the first century, the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the Roman town of Pompeii, creating an iconic vision of apocalypse -- and a unique preservation of a moment in ancient...
Hot Tomorrow: The Urgency and Beauty of Cli-Fi
Two new anthologies -- and a recent novel -- show the range of fictional responses to the transformation of the planet via climate change. Essay by Paul Di Filippo.
READING IN COMMON
The Book That Matters Most
Can reading fiction give us more than food for thought? In Ann Hood's novel, a woman -- and her book club -- pursue a course in literary healing. Review by Heller McAlpin.
Twenty-five years ago this week, a group of Soviet hardliners scrambled to undo Mikhail Gorbachev's programs of reform. The outcome was not what they had planned.
The Moth and the Flame: Jay McInerney on “Bright, Precious Days”
The author talks about the place that is "the most enduing love of my life," the consequences of his youthful success, and the balance between satire and its opposite. A conversation with Daniel...