• Green: The History of a Color

    Green: The History of a Color

    By MICHEL PASTOUREAU

    In verde, there is veritas: a new book explains how one hue can illustrate greed, royalty, envy, and the splendor of the natural world. Review by Peter Lewis.

  • A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

    A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

    By EIMEAR McBRIDE

    A young woman’s journey into a world of torment, rendered with Joycean invention. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

  • Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

    Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

    Why are families of young Afghani women disguising them as boys? The author of The Underground Girls of Kabul has the whole incredible story.

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INTERVIEWS

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

The author of Steve Jobs returns with a collaborative history of the Digital Age. A conversation with Bill Tipper.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

A Bright Interlude

A Bright Interlude

This week in history: MLK wins the Nobel, John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, and Lincoln declares slavery immoral.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

HUMOR

Warnings

Warnings

“Do not read this to anyone who may, even without planning to, make someone pregnant.”

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Consumed

Consumed

By DAVID CRONENBERG

A novel of strange attractors and disturbing tomorrows from the director of Crash and A History of Violence.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

The star of stage and screen on her favorite roles, maple tree poetry, and Lady Parts.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

By HILARY MANTEL

The author of Wolf Hall opens doors into alternate worlds in her new collection of short fiction.

Posted by × October 10, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Two acclaimed authors discuss reporting shocking stories of inner-city children in peril, and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Some Luck

Some Luck

By JANE SMILEY

The author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres goes back to the farm.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

American Cornball

American Cornball

By CHRISTOPHER MILLER

A “Guide to the Formerly Funny” garners present-day laughs, while examining some shocking subjects that no longer seem comic. Review by Adam Kirsch.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

An Unknowable Past

An Unknowable Past

By VANESSA MANKO

How a politically charged debut novel of emigration was born from a true story of the author’s family.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

HUMOR

The Brooklyn Invitational Nobel Prize for Literature Fantasy League Draft

The Brooklyn Invitational Nobel Prize for Literature Fantasy League Draft

“Philip Roth is ranked #1 for the sixth straight year on my list. But after years of picking him, I’ve learned my lesson.”

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Bob Odenkirk: A Healthy Kind of Destruction

Bob Odenkirk: A Healthy Kind of Destruction

The author of A Load of Hooey and star of AMC’s forthcoming series Better Call Saul on life after Breaking Bad, discovering comedy as a child, and what makes a book funny.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

When Modernism Was Modern

When Modernism Was Modern

This week in history: the publication of three 20th century novels which shook the world, and forever changed their authors.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests

By SARAH WATERS

The author of Fingersmith and The Little Stranger returns to London’s mean streets in her latest work of quiet excellence.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Meg Wolitzer: Respect for Her Charges

Meg Wolitzer: Respect for Her Charges

“These books that they call “YA” aren’t simple,” says the author of The Interestings and Belzhar, her new novel aimed at teens.

Posted by × October 6, 2014 ×