• All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

    All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

    By MATT BAI

    How the 1987 scandal of would-be Presidential candidate Gary Hart gave us the political news cycle of today. Review by Graeme Wood.

  • The Meaning of Human Existence

    The Meaning of Human Existence

    By EDWARD O. WILSON

    Mankind – origins, our unique place in the universe, and what the future of the species holds – in about two hundred pages. Review by Danny Heitman.

  • Green: The History of a Color

    Green: The History of a Color

    By MICHEL PASTOUREAU

    In verde, there is veritas: a new book explains how one hue can illustrate greed, royalty, envy, and the splendor of the natural world. Review by Peter Lewis.

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A READING LIFE

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

By EIMEAR McBRIDE

A young woman’s journey into a world of torment, rendered with Joycean invention. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × October 15, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Jenny Nordberg: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Why are families of young Afghani women disguising them as boys? The author of The Underground Girls of Kabul has the whole incredible story.

Posted by × October 15, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

Rebel Laboratories: Walter Isaacson on “The Innovators”

The author of Steve Jobs returns with a collaborative history of the Digital Age.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

A Bright Interlude

A Bright Interlude

This week in history: MLK wins the Nobel, John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, and Lincoln declares slavery immoral.

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

HUMOR

Warnings

Warnings

“Do not read this to anyone who may, even without planning to, make someone pregnant.”

Posted by × October 14, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Consumed

Consumed

By DAVID CRONENBERG

A novel of strange attractors and disturbing tomorrows from the director of Crash and A History of Violence.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

Andrea Martin: “Take Nothing Personally”

The star of stage and screen on her favorite roles, maple tree poetry, and Lady Parts.

Posted by × October 13, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

By HILARY MANTEL

The author of Wolf Hall opens doors into alternate worlds in her new collection of short fiction.

Posted by × October 10, 2014 ×

DISCOVER

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Jeff Hobbs and Alex Kotlowitz: Where Empathy Is Born

Two acclaimed authors discuss reporting shocking stories of inner-city children in peril, and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Some Luck

Some Luck

By JANE SMILEY

The author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Thousand Acres goes back to the farm.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

American Cornball

American Cornball

By CHRISTOPHER MILLER

A “Guide to the Formerly Funny” garners present-day laughs, while examining some shocking subjects that no longer seem comic.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

An Unknowable Past

An Unknowable Past

By VANESSA MANKO

How a politically charged debut novel of emigration was born from a true story of the author’s family.

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

HUMOR

The Brooklyn Invitational Nobel Prize for Literature Fantasy League Draft

The Brooklyn Invitational Nobel Prize for Literature Fantasy League Draft

“Philip Roth is ranked #1 for the sixth straight year on my list. But after years of picking him, I’ve learned my lesson.”

Posted by × October 8, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Bob Odenkirk: A Healthy Kind of Destruction

Bob Odenkirk: A Healthy Kind of Destruction

The author of A Load of Hooey and star of AMC’s forthcoming series Better Call Saul on life after Breaking Bad, discovering comedy as a child, and what makes a book funny.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

When Modernism Was Modern

When Modernism Was Modern

This week in history: the publication of three 20th century novels which shook the world, and forever changed their authors.

Posted by × October 7, 2014 ×