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Summer Cocktail Semiformal

GRIN & TONIC

Summer Cocktail Semiformal

"We are so pleased to invite you to our party! You should be so pleased we invited you."...
Squid on the Roof

DAYBOOK

Squid on the Roof

This week in history: Thor Heyerdahl travels five thousand miles on a raft, as the history of Polynesia reveals a microcosm of the modern age....
Shirley Jackson: Thriving on Chaos

READING IN COMMON

Shirley Jackson: Thriving on Chaos

Ranging from uncanny chills to wry humor, the author's body of work remains as fascinating as it s unclassifiable. Essay by Heller McAlpin....
Vision, Sympathy, Fever: Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mira Jacob in Conversation

INTERVIEW

Vision, Sympathy, Fever: Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mira Jacob in Conversation

Superpowers, the nature of art, and what not to read when you're trying to write a book of your own....
Breath, Eyes, Memory

REDISCOVERY

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers, Casey Rocheteau revisits an early selection: Edwidge Danticat's electrifying debut....
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

THE SPECULATOR

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

From the increasingly influential genre of steampunk comes an impressive debut novel of 1883: the adventures of British clerk and a clairvoyant inventor. Review by Paul Di Filippo....
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 Last Person on Earth

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Last Person on Earth

Asif Kapadia's "Amy" opens a window onto commitment and loss, a festival takes on hated songs, Jessica Hopper pulls it together and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10....
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"....