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Kindred Sleuths

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Kindred Sleuths

A pair of mysteries -- one set on the moors of Yorkshire, the other in a Tuscan fortress -- delve into a territory that transcends geography. Essay by Anna Mundow.
Flight Risks

Humor

Flight Risks

America's greatest writers are now being placed where they belong: seven thousand feet in the air.
The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

August in the life of Greil Marcus: French theater goes punk, Johnny Rotten grows up, and a killer soundtrack redeems "True Detective".
Landfalls

A READING LIFE

Landfalls

A debut novel of an 18th-century French expedition - capturing history's delusions and personal slants - proves a "surprise and a triumph".
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

lives

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

One of the most influential writers of our time receives her own sweeping 672 page history. Does it capture her as well as she captured herself? Review by Tom Carson.
Jonathan Galassi: Books Are Not a Pair of Socks

INTERVIEW

Jonathan Galassi: Books Are Not a Pair of Socks

The publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux -- and author of "Muse" -- on literature's future, the authors he's proud to have worked with, and writing his first novel at age sixty-five.
Moat of Silence

DAYBOOK

Moat of Silence

This week in history: the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and "the determination of a proud people to reclaim" a home.
Wind / Pinball

THE SPECULATOR

Wind / Pinball

Fans of novels like "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" and "1Q84" can now trace their author’s current of imagination to his debut fiction, newly available for the first time in thirty years.
Working Class Heroes: 10 Great Books for the 99%

BEYOND CATEGORY

Working Class Heroes: 10 Great Books for the 99%

Inspired by a posthumous story collection from Lucia Berlin: a list of excellent stories starring proletarians too rarely given voice in industrial life.
The Writing Business

GRIN AND TONIC

The Writing Business

"How do I decide what to write? Cost-benefit analysis, of course."
Traveling through Cooking: 3 Tastes of Korea, Peru, and Lebanon

FOOD

Traveling through Cooking: 3 Tastes of Korea, Peru, and Lebanon

Seeking a last minute summer vacation? Look no further than a trio of new cookbooks from three internationally imaginative authors, reviewed by Brooklyn chef Greg Lauro.
Sandra Brown: Hunting the Mythic

INTERVIEW

Sandra Brown: Hunting the Mythic

The author of nearly seventy novels - including this week's latest, "Friction" - on how her characters surprise her, what it means to be a Texan, and the best advice she's received as a writer.