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Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

By THOMAS KUNKEL

A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir

By PHILIP GLASS

Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives with symphonies.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Kate Bolick: Untying Invisible Corsets

Kate Bolick: Untying Invisible Corsets

The journalist on how her life as a happily unmarried woman became the subject of her incisive new pairing of memoir and biography.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

We Are Lost

We Are Lost

This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

Struggle to Be Heard

In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.

Posted by × April 29, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

By KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD; Translated by DON BARTLETT

The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sensational Guy Boothby

The Sensational Guy Boothby

Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Sweet Nothing

Sweet Nothing

By RICHARD LANGE

In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Affinities

The Affinities

By ROBERT CHARLES WILSON

A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

American Warlord: A True Story

American Warlord: A True Story

By JOHNNY DWYER

How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Workers, From the Neck Up

Workers, From the Neck Up

This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life

By OLIVER SACKS

In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.

Posted by × April 27, 2015 ×

ESSAY

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.

Posted by × April 24, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

By BRIAN FAGAN

The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×