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Making the Bear Dance: Alexander Chee on The Queen of the Night

FICTION

Making the Bear Dance: Alexander Chee on The Queen of the Night

The author of a dazzling new work of historical fiction talks about "Falcon" sopranos, courtesans, spies, and how writing a novel of 19th-century opera divas was also writing about himself....
East of Eden

DAYBOOK

East of Eden

On February 14, 1886, a trainload of oranges left California for the Eastern U.S. -- and permanently changed the way we think about eating....
The Expatriates

FICTION

The Expatriates

Janice Y.K. Lee's new novel explores a web of interconnections between newcomers and natives in the author's hometown of Hong Kong. Review by Veronique de Turenne....
Romeo and Juliet and Ben & Jerry

GRIN & TONIC

Romeo and Juliet and Ben & Jerry

What's in a brand name?...
Vintage Shorts: Wanderlust Edition

TRAVEL

Vintage Shorts: Wanderlust Edition

Armchair excursions for an indoor time of year: Peter Lewis on the popcorn allure of short-form travel writing....
In Other Words

LANGUAGE

In Other Words

A novelist's love affair with a new language yields a portrait of the artist elided by her fiction. Review by Liesl Schillinger....
On the Edge

FICTION

On the Edge

Why Rafael Chirbes's portrait of a Spanish community devasted by the financial crisis is the novel the world needs now. Review by Christopher Byrd....
Helen Maryles Shankman: Words like Brushstrokes

DISCOVER

Helen Maryles Shankman: Words like Brushstrokes

The author of "The Land of Armadillos" on the moment when the page and the canvas trade places....
“We Win and They Lose”

DAYBOOK

“We Win and They Lose”

This week in history: the birth of "The Reagan Doctrine" and the closing era of the Cold War....
Elephant in the Room

GRIN & TONIC

Elephant in the Room

"Contrary to media portrayals, I am not interested in being paid in peanuts."...
Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

POLITICS

Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century

Daniel Oppenheimer takes a group portrait of six men who made a political about-face: what can it tell us about the nature of our beliefs? Review by Rayyan Al-Shawaf....
Death and Life with Don DeLillo

FICTION

Death and Life with Don DeLillo

Tom LeClair on Don DeLillo's ever-surprising career -- and his upcoming novel's face-off with mortality....

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