In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.
Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.
By ROBERT CHARLES WILSON
A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.
By OLIVER SACKS
In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.
The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.
How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.
This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.
The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”
The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.
The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.
In her new story collection, the author heads to dark places to find love, and the humor in that which makes us mortal. A conversation with Beca Grimm.
An exiled Irish girl turned émigré mother of New York lives a full life in just under 150 pages. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
In the twenty-fourth novel of his cases, Commissario Guido Brunetti encounters old acquaintances with bad intentions.
The series of London crime novels famously adapted for Michael Caine, and a rediscovered gem from its creator.
45 years ago this week, Earth Day brought a rallying cry to a global crisis of responsibility and preservation.
The career congressman on how money buys influence in Washington, coming out to his colleagues, and aiding the poor with Bono.