Latest Posts

Where the Maenads Danced: Miroslav Penkov on “Stork Mountain”

INTERVIEW

Where the Maenads Danced: Miroslav Penkov on “Stork Mountain”

The author of "Stork Mountain" talks about moving to Texas to write "the Great Bulgarian Novel." A conversation with Porochista Khakpour....
Emma Cline on the Dark Side of Girl Power

DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS

Emma Cline on the Dark Side of Girl Power

The author of the bestseller "The Girls" talks with editor Kate Medina on her gripping novel and writing about "a moment where you have excitement or power over your own life in a world that...
On Friendship

PHILOSOPHY

On Friendship

Do we love our friends because we understand something special about them? Alexander Nehamas thinks we have it precisely backwards. Review by Troy Jollimore....
Reading Africa from Outside: C. B. George’s Picks

GUEST BOOKS

Reading Africa from Outside: C. B. George’s Picks

The author of "The Death of Rex Nhongo" on five books that shed an outsider's light on African stories....
Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

INTERVIEW

Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

The author of "The Heavenly Table" on how television and the paperback fiction of his youth have shaped his fiction. A conversation with Mark Athitakis....
Setting Loose the Flock

DAYBOOK

Setting Loose the Flock

This week, Twitter turns ten years old. Social media, it turns out, goes back a couple of thousand years further....
Overcoming Invisibility: Mychal Denzel Smith in Conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry

DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS

Overcoming Invisibility: Mychal Denzel Smith in Conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry

"If we're actually invested in this idea of freedom, if we're actually invested in a politics of liberation, how are we going to leave people out?" The author of "Invisible Man, Got the Whole...
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

lives

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

The complex, tragically brief political career of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. provides biographer Larry Tye an opportunity to look at an era of radical change. Review by Barbara Spindel....
Rumaan Alam: Not the Book They Expected

DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS

Rumaan Alam: Not the Book They Expected

The author of the new novel "Rich and Pretty" talks with Mira Jacob about writing against expectations and creating characters who have lives of their own....
Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

REDISCOVERY

Valley of the Dolls: 50th Anniversary Edition

Charles Taylor looks back at Jacqueline Susann's controversial bestseller on the occasion of its 50th birthday....
Winning the News (Re)Cycle

GRIN & TONIC

Winning the News (Re)Cycle

Sometimes old news is the best news....
Making and Unmaking the American Soldier

HUMAN NATURE

Making and Unmaking the American Soldier

There's a science to making the modern soldier. Do we need a science for turning them back into civilians? Melissa Holbrook Pierson reads new books from Mary Roach and Sebastian Junger....

Follow BNReads