On February 14, 1886, a trainload of oranges left California for the Eastern U.S. -- and permanently changed the way we think about eating.
Janice Y.K. Lee's new novel explores a web of interconnections between newcomers and natives in the author's hometown of Hong Kong. Review by Veronique de Turenne.
The Art of X-Ray Reading
Reading great literature can help us write stronger sentences, says Roy Peter Clark. But, asks Mark Athitakis, is that how we should be reading?
Vintage Shorts: Wanderlust Edition
Armchair excursions for an indoor time of year: Peter Lewis on the popcorn allure of short-form travel writing....
In Other Words
A novelist's love affair with a new language yields a portrait of the artist elided by her fiction. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
On the Edge
Why Rafael Chirbes's portrait of a Spanish community devasted by the financial crisis is the novel the world needs now. Review by Christopher Byrd.
Helen Maryles Shankman: Words like Brushstrokes
The author of "The Land of Armadillos" on the moment when the page and the canvas trade places.
“We Win and They Lose”
This week in history: the birth of "The Reagan Doctrine" and the closing era of the Cold War.
GRIN & TONIC
Elephant in the Room
"Contrary to media portrayals, I am not interested in being paid in peanuts."
Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century
Daniel Oppenheimer takes a group portrait of six men who made a political about-face: what can it tell us about the nature of our beliefs? Review by Rayyan Al-Shawaf.