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...
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...
Claire-Louise Bennett's unclassifiable work is a "tumble down a rabbit hole" taking readers into a world where the drama is in the details. Review by Veronique de Turenne.
Anxiety and Hunger: Jessi Klein on “You’ll Grow Out of It”
The head writer for "Inside Amy Schumer" talks about her new memoir, comedy collaboration versus the "lonely slog" of writing a book, and the power of the personal. A conversation with Barbara...
Anna Pavord's meditation on "Painters, Ploughmen and Places" celebrates the enduring power of landscapes on our collective imagination. Review by Anna Mundow
Helpless Collector: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda
Tess Taylor and Patrick Iber delve into the riches of "Then Come Back," a new collection of recently discovered poems from Pablo Neruda.
Those People Are Me: Nicole Dennis-Benn on “Here Comes the Sun”
The author of a new novel following the lives of four Jamaican women talks about finding a way to represent real voices from her native country. A conversation with Amy Gall.
“Great Results by Incomprehensible Means”
This week in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was born out of a British scientist's legacy -- and Congress was not uniformly behind the idea.