• Long Revolutions

    Long Revolutions

    Sleater-Kinney return and Viv Albertine looks back without illusions in Greil Marcus’s latest Real Life Rock Top 10.

  • Essays After Eighty

    Essays After Eighty

    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.

  • Third Time’s the Charm

    Third Time’s the Charm

    Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.

Latest Posts

THE SPECULATOR

Disseminators: The Year in Pop Science

Disseminators: The Year in Pop Science

Ten books from 2014 that bridge the gap between laboratory and living room.

Posted by × December 26, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce

An “outbreak of peace” on December 25, 1914, along the Western Front.

Posted by × December 24, 2014 ×

FICTION

Mermaids in Paradise

Mermaids in Paradise

By LYDIA MILLET

A fantastical aquatic find is at the center of a mordantly absurdist eco-comedy.

Posted by × December 24, 2014 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Culture Club

Culture Club

Cookbooks with preservation (and some advance preparation) at heart. By Greg Lauro.

Posted by × December 23, 2014 ×

GRIN & TONIC

The Top Ten  Moments of Despair from Secular Christmas Carols

The Top Ten Moments of Despair from Secular Christmas Carols

Real talk about Frosty and Rudolph.

Posted by × December 22, 2014 ×

THE YEAR IN READING

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorites of 2014

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorites of 2014

Twenty beloved books (and pieces) from the year that was. You may now exhale.

Posted by × December 19, 2014 ×

MONEY

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

By JAKE HALPERN

The Victorian world of debtor’s prison is back, and some are looking to profit.

Posted by × December 19, 2014 ×

READING ROMANCE

Beneath the Radar

Beneath the Radar

In a year-end edition of Reading Romance, Alyssa Morris catches up with the ones that (almost) got away.

Posted by × December 19, 2014 ×

LIVES

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

By SARAH WILDMAN

A cache of letters reveals that a family’s escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete.

Posted by × December 18, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Ancestor or Impostor?

Ancestor or Impostor?

In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Immersion School

Immersion School

A CONVERSATION with LEV GOLINKIN and BORIS FISHMAN

Two Russian-American writers on the strange things that happen when East meets West.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

By MARTIN AMIS

Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Suspended Sentences

Suspended Sentences

By PATRICK MODIANO; Translated by MARK POLIZZOTTI

A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

SMITH HENDERSON

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.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Authors and artists on the stories –true and otherwise — that defined their year.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×