• Gods and Kings

    Gods and Kings

    By DANA THOMAS

    Alexander McQueen and John Galliano were just young rebels, until they became defiant titans of fashion. Review by Kelley Hoffman.

  • Hippolyte Delaroche, "Bonaparte Crossing the Alps" (1850).

    Napoleon: A Life

    By ANDREW ROBERTS

    Was the ruler of the first French Empire a hero, or a tyrant? The answer lies in how you read him, writes Charles Reinhardt.

  • Kazuo Ishiguro: The Kingdom of Memory

    Kazuo Ishiguro: The Kingdom of Memory

    The author of “The Buried Giant” talks about his novel of a medieval “never-never land” and its resonance with very real history. A conversation with Hope Whitmore.

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HUMOR

PANTSUITS1947@AOL.COM

PANTSUITS1947@AOL.COM

Emails retrieved from a hard-to-find archive.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

DISCOVER

Reading the Air: Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Ruth Ozeki in Conversation

Reading the Air: Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Ruth Ozeki in Conversation

An alumni of the Discover program and a newcomer to it discuss the power they both draw meditation and ritual.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

WRITERS ON WRITING

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

A bestselling author on the carpentry skills that he applies to crafting fiction.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

HUMOR

Real Life Corrections

Real Life Corrections

“He regrets the error more than he can say.”

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

The Sinews of Peace

The Sinews of Peace

This week in reading history: Winston Churchill coins “the Iron Curtain”, giving name to a globe-splitting cultural divide.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Crow Fair

Crow Fair

By THOMAS McGUANE

The antic storytelling of a modest master finds mischievous fun in the romance and family life of the American West. Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 2, 2015 ×

MUSIC

Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

The iconic musician on the cities in her head, what it means to sell out, and what still inspires to create art after the end of a thirty-year run with her former band Sonic Youth.

Posted by × February 27, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Going into the City

Going into the City

By ROBERT CHRISTGAU

The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Lucky Alan

Lucky Alan

By JONATHAN LETHEM

In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

How They Got Here

How They Got Here

A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations

By MOHSIN HAMID

The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

Creatures of a Day

Creatures of a Day

By IRVIN D. YALOM

When a psychoanalyst opens up his case files, optimistic insights on mortality and love spring forth.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

Midnight in the Century

Midnight in the Century

By VICTOR SERGE

How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Life’s Secret Found at Pub

Life’s Secret Found at Pub

This week in history: DNA is discovered over a pint or two.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Brooklyn Syndrome

Brooklyn Syndrome

“I fear that it — along with these gluten-free bacon-glazed doughnuts — is eating me alive.”

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×