• Immersion School

    Immersion School

    A CONVERSATION with LEV GOLINKIN and BORIS FISHMAN

    Two Russian-American writers on the strange things that happen when East meets West.

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    By MARTIN AMIS

    Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.

  • Suspended Sentences

    Suspended Sentences

    By PATRICK MODIANO; Translated by MARK POLIZZOTTI

    A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.

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LIVES

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

By SARAH WILDMAN

A cache of letters reveals that a family’s escape from Nazi genocide was incomplete.

Posted by × December 18, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Ancestor or Impostor?

Ancestor or Impostor?

In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

READING IN COMMON

Third Time’s the Charm

Third Time’s the Charm

Heller McAlpin returns with her third annual guide to “Charmers” — books that combine substance with immediate pleasure.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

The Year in Reading: Fourth of July Creek

SMITH HENDERSON

Why Henderson Smith’s debut novel, a tale of suffering and the hope of rescue in the northern West, is on the critic’s short list of the year’s best fiction. By Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Words of the Year: The Best Things they Read in 2014

Authors and artists on the stories –true and otherwise — that defined their year.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem

By CIXIN LIU

A clandestine research program masks an even more troubling secret in a new work of science fiction from China.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

RELIGION

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By KAREN ARMSTRONG

Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?

Posted by × December 9, 2014 ×

THE YEAR IN READING

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

ROCK & ROLL &

Spotlight on the Queen

Spotlight on the Queen

David Ritz’s new life of Aretha Franklin sheds light on the painstaking artistry that brought her to the throne. Review by Robert Christgau.

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

SCIENCE FICTION

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future

Edited by ED FINN and KATHRYN CRAMER

In the age of dystopia, can science fiction turn again to visions of a bright tomorrow? Review by Paul Di Filippo

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

HISTORY

The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

By MARK M. SMITH

Can we understand an American cataclysm without experiencing the reek of death and the roar of cannon? Review by Adam Kirsch.

Posted by × December 5, 2014 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Making sure your manuscript is a winner.

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

LIVES

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

By JAMES BOOTH

A new life of the poet who gloried in the mundane. Reviewed by Troy Jollimore.

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

FICTION

Shark

Shark

By WILL SELF

In a prequel to his novel Umbrella, the novelist follows his psychiatrist hero on a dive into war and its aftermath.

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×