• Autumn Homecomings

    Autumn Homecomings

    Reading Thanksgiving Day: the riches of nature in autumn, and the gratitude of those who have too little. Essay by Steve King.

  • Looking for Laurie

    Looking for Laurie

    Home for the holidays: a daughter’s tribute to her mother, Laurie Colwin, the writer whose graceful observations of food and family made her an icon.

  • A Map of Betrayal

    A Map of Betrayal

    By HA JIN

    The new novel from the author of Waiting is based on a true story of a Chinese mole among American spies. Review by Donna Rifkind.

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FILM

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

By CHRIS TAYLOR

Black Friday explained: a long time ago, a galaxy far, far away proved to be immensely lucrative.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

The Truth’s the Truth: Reading Rebecca West

The Truth’s the Truth: Reading Rebecca West

A writer who faced down love and consequences in fact and in fiction.

Posted by × November 24, 2014 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

In Light of Current Events

In Light of Current Events

Introducing Greil Marcus’s lively column of everyday culture and found objects “Real Life Rock Top 10″ to the Review.

Posted by × November 22, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Darcey Steinke

Darcey Steinke

The author’s favorite novels about challenges of faith, and the struggle to understand the divine.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

“We all made it this far in evolutionary history. So scientifically, we are all in this together.”

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Love Is Chicken and Waffles

Love Is Chicken and Waffles

Introducing “Chef’s Notes”: Dispatches — from our source in a restaurant kitchen — on new cookbooks.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Lords of the Cloud

Lords of the Cloud

This week in history: the smartphone debuts, forever changing language, commerce, and those at data’s helm.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

FICTION

Lila

Lila

By MARILYNNE ROBINSON

The author’s return to the town of Gilead, Iowa, and one woman’s entry into a new life. Review by John Freeman.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

READING ROMANCE

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Love me, love my secret identity?

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

GRIN & TONIC

It Was the Crest® of Times

It Was the Crest® of Times

“Call me—Ishmael—on my iPhone 6S.”

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

By DAVID QUAMMEN

Is the Ebola outbreak a harbinger of epidemics to come? Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × November 18, 2014 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

By ROBERT BEACHY

How Weimar culture gave birth to a sexual revolution. Review by Jessa Crispin.

Posted by × November 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Wittgenstein Jr

Wittgenstein Jr

By LARS IYER

A philosophy professor’s life of the mind founders on earthier ground.

Posted by × November 14, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

GB84

GB84

By DAVID PEACE

A fictional portrait of the coal strike that threatened to tear 1980s Britain apart.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

ESSAYS

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

By MEGHAN DAUM

An essayist pursues harsh reality head-on, and finds candor to be more complicated than she’d thought.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×