• The Harder They Come

    The Harder They Come

    By T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

    A troubled young man heads off the grid in the California woods — but has he gone wild or gone mad? Review by Mark Athitakis.

  • Stopping Time

    Stopping Time

    In this month’s edition of his column, Greil Marcus stays in the moment – from a Baltimore club in 1951 to a Minneapolis stage with Sleater-Kinney.

  • Patti Smith Reads Jo Nesbo

    Patti Smith Reads Jo Nesbo

    The punk godmother reads an excerpt from her audiobook narration of Jo Nesbo’s forthcoming novel.

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THE SPECULATOR

The Lost Boys Symphony

The Lost Boys Symphony

By MARK ANDREW FERGUSON

In a winning tale of time travel and heartbreak, music proves the fruit of love – and obsession.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Suitcase City

Suitcase City

By STERLING WATSON

A sun-soaked detective story finds racially charged drama in the country clubs and cocktail bars of Tampa, Florida.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Bryce Andrews: Harsh Terrain

Bryce Andrews: Harsh Terrain

2014’s Discover Award Winner for Nonfiction on his favorite stories of engagement with the natural world.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

The Restart Button

The Restart Button

52 years ago this week, Jonas Salk cured polio. But the story – and backlash – didn’t end there.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Spring TV Preview

Spring TV Preview

“What do you get when you cross a talking elephant who loves pancakes with a grisly unsolved murder?”

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

The Lost Child

The Lost Child

By CARYL PHILLIPS

An exceptional new novel responds to Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” by imagining the rocky childhood of its Romantic antihero, Heathcliff. Review by Heller McAlpin.

Posted by × March 23, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

By HELEN MACDONALD

In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.

Posted by × March 20, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Door

The Door

By MAGDA SZABÓ: Translated by LEN RIX

A novel of a Hungarian writer and her mysterious housekeeper proves a master class in psychological suspense.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

By ANDREW COCKBURN

A bird’s-eye view of drone strikes and their effect on the military: Peter Lewis reports on the booming industry of assault waged with the push of a button.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

Green on Blue

Green on Blue

By ELLIOT ACKERMAN

In a singular novel of war, a young Afghan soldier sounds off on his life as a moving target – and the love which guides him forward. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Finding Solace: George Hodgman and Will Schwalbe in Conversation

Finding Solace: George Hodgman and Will Schwalbe in Conversation

Two writers from the Discover Great New Writers program on their influences, the reactions they hope to produce, and the books that compelled them to create their own.

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Allegiance to the In-Between

Allegiance to the In-Between

This week in history: MLK’s march from Selma begins, “under full if sometimes reluctant police and military protection.”

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

FAMILY HISTORY

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest

By HANNAH NORDHAUS

Julia Staab died in 1896. Why then do some believe that she still haunts her Santa Fe home? Review by Jessica Ferri.

Posted by × March 17, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

VintageTech

VintageTech

“Laserdiscs can be used as shimmery mirrors. Floppy disks can serve as coasters.”

Posted by × March 17, 2015 ×