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Paradise of the Pacific

HISTORY

Paradise of the Pacific

A transporting immersion into the history of Hawaii, and the ways its native peoples held on to their way of life in the face of colonial exploits.
Remembering the Little Brother: Kate Medina on E. L. Doctorow

INTERVIEW

Remembering the Little Brother: Kate Medina on E. L. Doctorow

A celebration of a legendary American novelist's life and career, via conversation with his friend and editor.
America Sped Away

DAYBOOK

America Sped Away

This week in history: "the father of the modern political novel" is born.
Chasing the Phoenix

THE SPECULATOR

Chasing the Phoenix

How does one pass the time in a "post-utopian" world? According to a pair of rogues in Michael Swanwick's science fiction romp, the answer lies in wooing damsels and fighting monsters.
Booked Sellers

GRIN AND TONIC

Booked Sellers

Twelve new literary franchises coming soon to a shopping mall near you.
In Defense of Clutter

SELF-HELP

In Defense of Clutter

Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has sold two million copies and revamped many a home. Troy Jollimore ponders what exactly it is that we're throwing away.
Eileen

FICTION

Eileen

A young loner fights (and maybe even shoots) her way out of her dead end hometown, in one of the most anticipated novels of recent memory. Review by Stefan Beck
Purity

FICTION

Purity

Jonathan Franzen's new novel wraps a game of hidden identities around a story of digital muckrakers and cultish activists. Review by Liesl Schillinger
“The World is Bewildering”: Adam Johnson on “Fortune Smiles”

SHORT STORIES

“The World is Bewildering”: Adam Johnson on “Fortune Smiles”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Orphan Master's Son" talks about trauma, the world of the future, and his new collection of short fiction, "Fortune Smiles."
Kindred Sleuths

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Kindred Sleuths

A pair of mysteries -- one set on the moors of Yorkshire, the other in a Tuscan fortress -- delve into a territory that transcends geography. Essay by Anna Mundow.
Flight Risks

Humor

Flight Risks

America's greatest writers are now being placed where they belong: seven thousand feet in the air.
The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

August in the life of Greil Marcus: French theater goes punk, Johnny Rotten grows up, and a killer soundtrack redeems "True Detective".