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The Sinister Hand

DAYBOOK

The Sinister Hand

By Steve King ×

Seventy years ago this week, President Truman signed an executive order that ushered in the modern "security state." By Steve King
Known and Strange Things

ESSAYS

Known and Strange Things

Reviewed by Walton Muyumba ×

In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Spaceman of Bohemia

THE SPECULATOR

Spaceman of Bohemia

Reviewed by Paul Di Filippo ×

In Jaroslav Kalfař's playful work of science fiction, a Czech astronaut's mission to investigate an anomaly in space leads to an unexpected twist. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
“Kind of a Strindberg Play”: Phillip Lopate Tells His Mother’s Life

LIVES

“Kind of a Strindberg Play”: Phillip Lopate Tells His Mother’s Life

By Michele Filgate ×

The award-winning essayist takes on his most complex and challenging subject -- the woman whose personality shaped his own. Profile by Michele Filgate.
A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

ARTISTS

A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

By Troy Jollimore ×

The work of Robert Lowell has always been colored by his legendary bouts with mental illness. Now, Kay Renfield Jamison's "Setting the River on Fire" looks at the intersection of poetry and...
Something Intricate and Fierce

DAYBOOK

Something Intricate and Fierce

By Steve King ×

This week in 1932, John Updike was born in the Pennsylvania town he would later use as the backdrop of his most memorable fiction.
A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction

FICTION

A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction

Essay by Heller McAlpin ×

In these novels, every picture tells a story. Essay by Heller McAlpin.
Minnows

MUSIC

Minnows

By Marcia Butler ×

In an excerpt from her new memoir "The Skin Above My Knee," oboist Marcia Butler reveals the collective mind of the orchestra at work.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

cultural history

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

One of the most iconic American films may be most significant, writes Glenn Frankel, for the story of the politics behind its creation. Review by Tom Carson.
The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

FICTION

The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

A Conversation with Bill Tipper ×

In his eerie new novel, Paul La Farge spins an episode from the life of the creator of the Cthulhu mythos into a hypnotic tale of literary possession. A conversation with Bill Tipper.
We Can’t Go Back: Mohsin Hamid on “Exit West”

INTERVIEW

We Can’t Go Back: Mohsin Hamid on “Exit West”

A Conversation with Amy Gall ×

"There’s a gnawing sense among most people it seems to me in most countries I go to, that things aren’t going the right way." Amy Gall talks with Mohsin Hamid about transience, imagination,...
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

BEYOND CATEGORY

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

How one new arrival to Manhattan fell in love both with its nocturnal charms and one of its most distinguished residents. Review by Peter Lewis.