• Nora Webster

    Nora Webster

    By COLM TÓIBÍN

    A young Irish widow returns to an abandoned profession as a means of feeding her children – and stifling loneliness. Review by Anna Mundow.

  • Marilynne Robinson: A Good Inheritance

    Marilynne Robinson: A Good Inheritance

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lila (and 2014 National Book Award finalist) on the benefits of loneliness, how characters come to her, and the most important advice she gives to aspiring writers. A conversation with Michele Filgate.

  • All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

    All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

    By MATT BAI

    How the 1987 scandal of would-be presidential candidate Gary Hart gave us the political news cycle of today. Review by Graeme Wood.

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REVIEWS & ESSAYS

J: A Novel

J: A Novel

By HOWARD JACOBSON

The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville’s white whale.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

From Bell Jar to Magic Barrel: Emily Gould, Joanna Rakoff, and Anya Ulinich

From Bell Jar to Magic Barrel: Emily Gould, Joanna Rakoff, and Anya Ulinich

In memoir and fiction — and sometimes online — three women chart a generation’s uneasy passage into adulthood.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Peyton Marshall

Peyton Marshall

“These books all start with the infusion of chaos into a person’s life. They keep posing the question – what happens next?”

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

We the Peoples

We the Peoples

This week in history: a charter is signed in the name of postwar cooperation, and a realist learns he must turn the sail rather than the wind.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Meaning of Human Existence

The Meaning of Human Existence

By EDWARD O. WILSON

Mankind – origins, our unique place in the universe, and what the future of the species holds – in about two hundred pages. Review by Danny Heitman.

Posted by × October 20, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Green: The History of a Color

Green: The History of a Color

By MICHEL PASTOUREAU

In verde, there is veritas: a new book explains how one hue can illustrate greed, royalty, envy, and the splendor of the natural world. Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × October 17, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

By EIMEAR McBRIDE

A young woman’s journey into a world of torment, rendered with Joycean invention.

Posted by × October 15, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Why are families of young Afghani women disguising them as boys? The author of The Underground Girls of Kabul has the whole incredible story.

Posted by × October 15, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

The author of Steve Jobs returns with a collaborative history of the Digital Age.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

A Bright Interlude

A Bright Interlude

This week in history: MLK wins the Nobel, John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, and Lincoln declares slavery immoral.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

HUMOR

Warnings

Warnings

“Do not read this to anyone who may, even without planning to, make someone pregnant.”

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Consumed

Consumed

By DAVID CRONENBERG

A novel of strange attractors and disturbing tomorrows from the director of Crash and A History of Violence.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

The star of stage and screen on her favorite roles, maple tree poetry, and Lady Parts.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

By HILARY MANTEL

The author of Wolf Hall opens doors into alternate worlds in her new collection of short fiction.

Posted by × October 10, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Two acclaimed authors discuss reporting shocking stories of inner-city children in peril, and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×