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HUMOR

The Top Ten  Moments of Despair from Secular Christmas Carols

The Top Ten Moments of Despair from Secular Christmas Carols

Real talk about Frosty and Rudolph.

Posted by × December 22, 2014 ×

THE YEAR IN READING

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorites of 2014

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorites of 2014

Twenty beloved books (and pieces) from the year that was. You may now exhale.

Posted by × December 19, 2014 ×

MONEY

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

By JAKE HALPERN

The Victorian world of debtor’s prison is back, and some are looking to profit.

Posted by × December 19, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Ancestor or Impostor?

Ancestor or Impostor?

In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

By MARTIN AMIS

Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Suspended Sentences

Suspended Sentences

By PATRICK MODIANO; Translated by MARK POLIZZOTTI

A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

SMITH HENDERSON

Why Henderson Smith’s debut novel, a tale of suffering and the hope of rescue in the northern West, is on the critic’s short list of the year’s best fiction. By Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Authors and artists on the stories –true and otherwise — that defined their year.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem

By CIXIN LIU

A clandestine research program masks an even more troubling secret in a new work of science fiction from China.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

RELIGION

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By KAREN ARMSTRONG

Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?

Posted by × December 9, 2014 ×

THE YEAR IN READING

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

ROCK & ROLL &

Spotlight on the Queen

Spotlight on the Queen

David Ritz’s new life of Aretha Franklin sheds light on the painstaking artistry that brought her to the throne. Review by Robert Christgau.

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

SCIENCE FICTION

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

Edited by ED FINN and KATHRYN CRAMER

In the age of dystopia, can science fiction turn again to visions of a bright tomorrow? Review by Paul Di Filippo

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×