Song of Power: James Kaplan on Sinatra the Chairman
As his career matured, Frank Sinatra's artistry mingled with his increasing sense of all-encompassing mastery. A conversation with James Kaplan, author of "The Chairman."
The Mark and the Void
The author of "Skippy Dies" takes on the financial industry in a work of intellectual comedy and literary gamesmanship. Review by Tobias Carroll
Malign Universe: 13 Works of Cosmic Horror
On beyond Lovecraft, these visionaries spanned time and space in the quest for a primal fear. By Paul Di Filippo.
A Strangeness in My Mind
The Nobel Prize-winning author's new novel weaves half a century of Turkish history into the story of an Istanbul street merchant. Review by Anis Shivani
Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age
Sven Birkets asks: is our anxiety amid the welter of new technologies an unprecedented crisis? Or the same old distracted story? Review by Danny Heitman.
After the Flood: Lauren Redniss on Thunder and Lightning
“Talking about the weather” — code for the innocuous, nearly meaningless chat that forms the backbone of many of our everyday exchanges. But the idea that the elemental forces...
“The Cause Needed a Martyr”
This week in history: the death of Joe Hill, the fate of unions and the arrival of the "sharing economy."
READING WITH CHARACTER
Agent Pendergast’s Bookshelf
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child supply a list of their enigmatic hero's favorite reads.