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
When doing nothing is an essential part of making something. By Jessica Ferri.
Dan Vyleta: Neglected Gems
Six well-kept literary secrets, whispered in your ear by the author of "Smoke."
“I’m Just This Body”: Lindy West on the Writing of “Shrill”
The author of "Shrill" on discovering the truth about her body, living with trolls, and becoming one of the funniest people on the Internet. A conversation with Maris Kreizman.
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.
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
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
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”
Remembering the terror and turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution, fifty years on.
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.