How the godfather of Romanticism posthumously published his legendary history of Napoleonic France.
The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”
How a former sailor and bodybuilder became a pioneer of dark fantasy. Essay by Michael Dirda.
By NICK HARKAWAY
An army man turned superhero patrols an island recalling Bogart’s Casablanca and Burroughs’s Interzone. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
A pursuit of music’s rarest recordings, from the fringes of the past to the bottom of the sea.
This excerpt from Alessandro Baricco’s new novel finds a famous writer drafting intense portraits, with surreal results.
The 1940s odyssey of two sisters is a tale of maternal abandonment, Hollywood fate, and fortune’s unpredictability. Review by Heller McAlpin.
When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.
A transatlantic view of pop music’s cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.
A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.
An iconoclast’s tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.
A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.