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Welcome to the Thrifty Inn

Humor

Welcome to the Thrifty Inn

"There is an ATM, which also functions as an ice machine, if you wish to trade credit for ice."...
Yelena Akhtiorskaya on the 4 Books She Loves Ferociously

Guest Books

Yelena Akhtiorskaya on the 4 Books She Loves Ferociously

For this list of favorite books, the author of "Panic in a Suitcase" isn't afraid to get in your face....
The City of Well-Being

DAYBOOK

The City of Well-Being

This week in history: the city of Baghdad is founded "as a center of learning and culture", in the face of violence and uprising....
The Wolf Border

A READING LIFE

The Wolf Border

An aristocratic environmentalist wants to revive England's lupine population in Sarah Hall's new novel. Review by Katherine A. Powers...
Armada

THE SPECULATOR

Armada

A freewheeling alien invasion of Earth - with notes of "Star Wars" and "The Last Starfighter" - from the author of the smash hit "Ready Player One"....
The Fearless Clown: Erika Swyler and Maris Kreizman in Conversation

DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS

The Fearless Clown: Erika Swyler and Maris Kreizman in Conversation

Heroic librarians, tarot cards, and being bent into a human pretzel: a night in the life of Erika Swyler, author of "The Book of Speculation"....
The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

POLITICS

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

The man who put words into the mouth of a disgraced governor on American politicians behind the curtain: when they run, who they value, and why they lie. Review by Peter Lewis....
Judy Blume: Flight Paths and Trigger Warnings

INTERVIEW

Judy Blume: Flight Paths and Trigger Warnings

Talking with the legendary writer of "In the Unlikely Event" about junior high, the winter in which three planes crashed in her hometown, and receiving the best reviews of her career at age 77. A...
In the Midst of the Inferno

DAYBOOK

In the Midst of the Inferno

This week in history: the citizens of the Warsaw ghetto "choose to perpetuate goodness", in spite of the horrors cast upon them....
Pipe Down

GRIN & TONIC

Pipe Down

"Is the sink up-to-date on all of its software?"...
Speak

FICTION

Speak

Louisa Hall's ambitious new novel braids together lives far-flung in time in a story that explores our links to "histories we can't ever know." Review by Anna Mundow....
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

MEMOIR

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

For the journalist William Finnegan, the art of catching a wave has served as an analogue to finding the arc of a story. Review by Tess Taylor....