Real talk about Frosty and Rudolph.
By DONALD HALL
A still-vigorous U.S. Poet Laureate’s view of octogenarian life: concision, health battles, and growing a very long beard. Review by Danny Heitman.
By JAKE HALPERN
The Victorian world of debtor’s prison is back, and some are looking to profit.
In a year-end edition of Reading Romance, Alyssa Morris catches up with the ones that (almost) got away.
Twenty beloved books (and pieces) from the year that was. You may now exhale.
A cache of letters reveals that a family’s escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete.
In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.
Two Russian-American writers on the strange things that happen when East meets West.
Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.
A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.
Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.
Why Henderson Smith’s debut novel, a tale of suffering and the hope of rescue in the northern West, is on the critic’s short list of the year’s best fiction. By Katherine A. Powers.
Authors and artists on the stories –true and otherwise — that defined their year.
Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.
A clandestine research program masks an even more troubling secret in a new work of science fiction from China.
Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?
Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.