• Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

    Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

    The iconic musician on the cities in her head, what it means to sell out, and what still inspires to create art after the end of a thirty-year run with her former band Sonic Youth.

  • Going into the City

    Going into the City

    By ROBERT CHRISTGAU

    The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.

  • Lucky Alan

    Lucky Alan

    By JONATHAN LETHEM

    In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”

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REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

How They Got Here

How They Got Here

A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations

By MOHSIN HAMID

The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

Creatures of a Day

Creatures of a Day

By IRVIN D. YALOM

When a psychoanalyst opens up his case files, optimistic insights on mortality and love spring forth.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

Midnight in the Century

Midnight in the Century

By VICTOR SERGE

How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Life’s Secret Found at Pub

Life’s Secret Found at Pub

This week in history: DNA is discovered over a pint or two.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Brooklyn Syndrome

Brooklyn Syndrome

“I fear that it — along with these gluten-free bacon-glazed doughnuts — is eating me alive.”

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

I Am Radar

I Am Radar

By REIF LARSEN

The life of an unusual child is also the story of secret forces at work, in Reif Larsen’s Pynchonesque fable.

Posted by × February 24, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

By JOHN BOYNE

An Irish priest confronts a colleague’s crimes — and his own responsibilities.

Posted by × February 23, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Deep Foundations, New Inventions: Kelly Link & Neil Gaiman

Deep Foundations, New Inventions: Kelly Link & Neil Gaiman

New story collections from two modern masters suggest that we’re living in a Golden Age of short “fantastika”.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Letter to a Future Lover

Letter to a Future Lover

By ANDER MONSON

How the items found in books have lives of their own, and stoke literature’s enduring flame.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Making Nice

Making Nice

By MATT SUMELL

A novel-in-stories of a young Long Island misanthrope hits like a punch, with biting wit at an antic pace. Review by Justin Taylor.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

This week in history: the Postal Act is passed, and American history starts coming with a stamp.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Satin Island

Satin Island

By TOM MCCARTHY

An anthropologist’s obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy – or is it just his paranoid mind at work?

Posted by × February 17, 2015 ×

HUMOR

Shaggy Dogs

Shaggy Dogs

Just one more thing.

Posted by × February 17, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

A writer’s sojourn on Earth’s most mysterious continent produces a collection of urgent, dreamlike poems about our swiftly tilting planet.

Posted by × February 16, 2015 ×