• The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

    The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

    By BRIAN FAGAN

    The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

  • Amelia Gray: Twisted Heartstrings

    Amelia Gray: Twisted Heartstrings

    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.

  • Academy Street

    Academy Street

    By MARY COSTELLO

    An exiled Irish girl turned émigré mother of New York lives a full life in just under 150 pages. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

Latest Posts

ESSAY

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

Armenia: Mourning and Remembrance

The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.

Posted by × April 24, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Falling in Love

Falling in Love

By DONNA LEON

In the twenty-fourth novel of his cases, Commissario Guido Brunetti encounters old acquaintances with bad intentions.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

NOIR

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

Ted Lewis and His Kitchen Sink Killers

The series of London crime novels famously adapted for Michael Caine, and a rediscovered gem from its creator.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

When the Well’s Dry

When the Well’s Dry

45 years ago this week, Earth Day brought a rallying cry to a global crisis of responsibility and preservation.

Posted by × April 22, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Barney Frank Wants You to Vote, Already

Barney Frank Wants You to Vote, Already

The career congressman on how money buys influence in Washington, coming out to his colleagues, and aiding the poor with Bono.

Posted by × April 21, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Inferno Reboot

Inferno Reboot

“After 800 years, it’s time to reboot his Nine Circles of Hell franchise to make it relevant to a time-crunched, multi-tasking audience.”

Posted by × April 21, 2015 ×

FICTION

God Help the Child

God Help the Child

By TONI MORRISON

In her eleventh novel, the Nobel Prize winner continues to create beauty from the anger and defining wounds of her characters.

Posted by × April 20, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Ten Essential Utopias

Ten Essential Utopias

With our collective imagination of the future dominated by dystopia, a list of science fiction’s more optimistic visions of future society.

Posted by × April 20, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

The Truth about Terror: Masha Gessen on The Brothers

The Truth about Terror: Masha Gessen on The Brothers

Masha Gessen talks about investigating the lives of the Boston Marathon bombers, and the dangers of dehumanization.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD

Are we living through a “crisis of attention”? The answer may lie in how we still learn from one another.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

By JON RONSON

In an age of new connectivity online and beyond, a reporter finds empathy for those who’ve faced mortifying infamy.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Night at the Fiestas

Night at the Fiestas

By KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE

Hope for redemption and the devotion of dutiful families, in short stories from in and around New Mexico.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

NATURE

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures

By WILLIAM deBUYS

Grabbing a mystery of zoology by its horn.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

MUSIC

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

By IAN BOSTRIDGE

A tenor digs into the history of the momentous song cycle that he’s performed over one hundred times.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

By VIET THANH NGUYEN

Why a double agent of the Vietnam War is one of the most surprisingly likable characters in recent fiction.

Posted by × April 14, 2015 ×