“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.
Death and Life with Don DeLillo
Tom LeClair on Don DeLillo's ever-surprising career -- and his upcoming novel's face-off with mortality.
A novelist in fin-de-siecle Vienna finds that in charting the progress of a wrecked union "I've lost all sense of measure." Review by Adam Kirsch.
A READING LIFE
A family gathering at a house in the country is the occasion for Tessa Hadley's sinuous novel of secrets coming to light. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10
A Hell of a Song
January's Real Life Rock Top 10 is led by "The Affair", as an unexpected moment yields the transformation of a classic American song. List by Greil Marcus.
Wounds of Body and Mind
Looking back on the cost of battle, through the figure of the deserter.
“Be Unafraid”: Edwidge Danticat on Fiction and Memoir
Edwidge Danticat and Meredith Maran on the slippery nature of memoir, and how it rewards a fearless approach.