• Mislaid

    Mislaid

    By NELL ZINK

    An unlikely marriage kicks off an exuberant satire on race and sexual identity, as well as a turn toward Shakespearean comedy.

  • Girl at War

    Girl at War

    By SARA NOVIĆ

    A story of Croatia’s War of Independence “tries to make sense of what happens after a child survives the worst that life can throw at her.”

  • Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

    Kate Tempest’s Back Pages

    Two new poetry collections from a British hip-hop MC bring old gods to modern London.

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HISTORY

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

By MARGARET LAZARUS DEAN

A personal history explains why our cosmic travel is waning, and how NASA’s “heroic era” and “shuttle era” differ.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Physics of Sorrow

The Physics of Sorrow

By GEORGI GOSPODINOV

An author tells the legends of his family, while announcing the minotaur as his spirit animal.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

Burning the White Hats: White Heat 25

In a new edition of a classic kitchen confidential, a culinary rebel holds numerous feet to the fire.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Marian Palaia at War’s Perimeter

Marian Palaia at War’s Perimeter

The author of “The Given World” picks six war stories of brutality, humor, and beauty.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Caught in the Riptide

Caught in the Riptide

This week in history: Constantinople falls, as present-day implications take root.

Posted by × May 27, 2015 ×

REDISCOVERY

The South

The South

By COLM TÓIBÍN

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Discover Great New Writers program, Katherine A. Powers looks back at an early selection: Colm Toibin’s novel of a Irish exile in Catalonia.

Posted by × May 26, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Water Knife

The Water Knife

By PAOLO BACIGALUPI

A dystopian drought fuels a story of survivors searching for the cure, with cues from the worlds of cyberpunk and crime noir. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × May 26, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

The actress and memoirist on her favorite books — including one that hits particularly close to home.

Posted by × May 20, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Seveneves

Seveneves

By NEAL STEPHENSON

The author of “Snow Crash” and “Cryptonomicon” revisits a classic science fiction scenario: planetary disaster. Review by Paul Di Filippo.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Voices in the Night

Voices in the Night

By STEVEN MILLHAUSER

In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Across the Great Divide: A Conversation with Joseph Stiglitz

Across the Great Divide: A Conversation with Joseph Stiglitz

The Nobel Prize winner on socio-economic equality, crises in the Eurozone, and what it takes to achieve a fair society.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

LIVES

James Merrill: Life and Art

James Merrill: Life and Art

By LANGDON HAMMER

The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

2021: A Refrigerator Odyssey

2021: A Refrigerator Odyssey

Appliance sans compliance.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

Fifty years ago this week: The Who’s “My Generation” drowns out the establishment.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

England and Other Stories

England and Other Stories

By GRAHAM SWIFT

A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×