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“That Bridge which stands up like God”

DAYBOOK

“That Bridge which stands up like God”

This week in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge joined Gilded Age Manhattan with its less polished neighbor to the east....
Nothing Doing: On the Art of Procrastination

HUMAN NATURE

Nothing Doing: On the Art of Procrastination

When doing nothing is an essential part of making something. By Jessica Ferri....
Topic Assignment

GRIN & TONIC

Topic Assignment

Homework for the fiction writer....
Dan Vyleta: Neglected Gems

GUEST BOOKS

Dan Vyleta: Neglected Gems

Six well-kept literary secrets, whispered in your ear by the author of "Smoke."...
Summer Scouting Report 2016: Your Seasonal Reading Guide

SUMMER READING

Summer Scouting Report 2016: Your Seasonal Reading Guide

Seeking warm-weather amusement or a seasonal challenge? Why not both? Summer reading, redefined. By Heller McAlpin....
Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency

AMERICAN HISTORY

Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency

Charles Rappleye looks at the tenure of the 31st president and the limit of good intentions. Review by Michael O'Donnell....
The Romanovs

ROYALTY

The Romanovs

Simon Sebag Montefiore's group portrait of Russia's long-reigning dynasty captures a family whose crowned heads included both despots and disasters. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Back from the Underworld: Helen Macdonald’s Wanderlust

NATURE

Back from the Underworld: Helen Macdonald’s Wanderlust

Tess Taylor meets with the author of "H is for Hawk" and the new collection "Shaler's Fish" for birdwatching and a talk about "zugunruhe."...
Sweet Lamb of Heaven

FICTION

Sweet Lamb of Heaven

A woman on the run -- and bedeviled by voices in her head -- is at the center of Lydia Millet's haunting novel. Review by David Ulin....
“No Construction without Destruction”

DAYBOOK

“No Construction without Destruction”

Remembering the terror and turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution, fifty years on....
The Opposite of Labels: Garrard Conley

INTERVIEW

The Opposite of Labels: Garrard Conley

The author of "Boy Erased" on dealing with the trauma of "gay conversion therapy," identifying with Hester Prynne, and fighting the power of hatred. A conversation with Amy Gall....
Everybody is an Outsider: Helen Simonson on “The Summer Before the War”

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Everybody is an Outsider: Helen Simonson on “The Summer Before the War”

The author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" talks about her new novel with award-winning writer Elizabeth Strout....

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