• Against the Country

    Against the Country

    By BEN METCALF

    A wild portrait of an angry man brings vigorous laughs and a wry vision of the American heartland.

  • Outline

    Outline

    By RACHEL CUSK

    Is there an essential self, or only the shifting space between others? Liesl Schillinger reviews the heady new novel from the author of Aftermath.

  • Where the Song Leaves You

    Where the Song Leaves You

    Rhiannon Giddens takes her turn and Common and John Legend rekindle glory: Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10.

Latest Posts

FICTION

Window Seat: Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

Window Seat: Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

The woman behind the breakout hit on how she builds suspense, Hitchcock’s influence, and why London’s railways have been a fixture of great mystery writing.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Glow

Glow

By NED BEAUMAN

A story of high-tech club drugs is a triumph for today’s budding class of young British writers of science fiction.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Martini Shot

The Martini Shot

By GEORGE PELECANOS

One of crime fiction’s most trenchant writers captures the heat of our current moment while patrolling a new beat: Hollywood.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

MEDICINE

Before the Needle Pierced

Before the Needle Pierced

Insulin’s first treatment for diabetes brought aid to a deadly disease, and an age of pharmacy as industry.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

These Colors Also Ran

These Colors Also Ran

Shades of controversy.

Posted by × January 20, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Gateway to Freedom

Gateway to Freedom

By ERIC FONER

A history of the Underground Railroad tells moving stories of courage in riveting detail.

Posted by × January 16, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

By JOHN McQUAID

How your ancestors’ taste buds influence your own, and why climate change may prove highly unappetizing.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

A Pleasure and a Calling

A Pleasure and a Calling

By PHIL HOGAN

An English gentleman with the keys to every house in town narrates his own obsessive story of revenge.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

HISTORY

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

By HUBERT WOLF

The secret history of a 19th century Roman church: embezzlement, trysts, and murder.

Posted by × January 14, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

The author of “The Last American Vampire” on fear, historians, and what we don’t know about Hollywood.

Posted by × January 13, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

By MICHAEL MEWSHAW

A confidant recalls his complex rapport with one of the 20th century’s great contrarians.

Posted by × January 13, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

A Big Truck Going By

A Big Truck Going By

Five years ago today, a monstrous earthquake struck Haiti. But the relief effort that followed brought chaos of its own.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

By MIRANDA JULY

An unconventional film director’s first novel is a tale of unlikely allies finding their own unique approach to maternity.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

The Girl from Human Street

The Girl from Human Street

By ROGER COHEN

A journalist’s tribute to his mother serves as a personal history of Judaism and mental health in the 20th century.

Posted by × January 9, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Huck Finn’s America

Huck Finn’s America

By ANDREW LEVY

What does Mark Twain’s cherished — and contentious — work of fiction teach us about about the nation it still fascinates?

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×