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    By MARLON JAMES

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    Lena Dunham

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    A “Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” explained, with a look back at the 20th century’s lingual lessons. Review by Jacob Silverman.

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Talking motorcycles, what it means to edit too much, and the ecosystems of boomtowns with the author of The Bully of Order.

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DAYBOOK

Babylon’s Rehearsals

Babylon’s Rehearsals

This week in history: Iraq is granted independence, placing 2,500 years of civilization into context.

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HUMOR

Laughing Matters

Laughing Matters

Separating satire from quagmire, with apologies to those we may have offended.

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INTERVIEWS

Charles Burns

Charles Burns

The author of Sugar Skull doesn’t believe in multiverses: “I have trouble enough navigating the reality I find myself in.”

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REVIEWS & ESSAYS

How Shall I Know You?

How Shall I Know You?

By HILARY MANTEL

In this excerpt from Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories, a writer greets the day and wonders what will come next.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

Life Deluxe

Life Deluxe

By JENS LAPIDUS; Translated from the Swedish by ASTRI VON ARBIN AHLANDER

Why this conclusion to a Stockholm-set trilogy is one of the best crime novels in recent memory.

Posted by × September 29, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Stephanie Feldman: Bravery Verging on Recklessness

Stephanie Feldman: Bravery Verging on Recklessness

Talking wizards, messiahs, rabbis and babies with the author of the Discover Great New Writers selection The Angel of Losses.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

The author of the Skink novels goes fly-fishing to relax, and sets his books in Florida because it’s “a 24-hour freak show.”

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile

By SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA

A Rwandan boarding school is home to the nation’s best and brightest young women — and their fears for their country’s future.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Being Supreme

Being Supreme

This week in history: America’s highest court debuts, and its first female judge takes her seat.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Copernicus Complex

The Copernicus Complex

By CALEB SCHARF

How unique is Earth within our universe, and do we dare learn the answer?

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Moor’s Account

The Moor’s Account

By LAILA LALAMI

Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

The White Van

The White Van

By PATRICK HOFFMAN

A woman finds her courage on the run from vengeful gangsters and a heist gone awry.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

HUMOR

What I Want My Children to Be When They Grow Up

What I Want My Children to Be When They Grow Up

“I want something more for my kids. I want them to grow up to be closely held corporations.”

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REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

With Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the story of a woman’s life finds epic dimension in an interior landscape.

Posted by × September 22, 2014 ×