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Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language

LANGUAGE

Founding Grammars: How Early America’s War Over Words Shaped Today’s Language

An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”...
Sarah Hepola: Detective Work on Your Own Life

INTERVIEW

Sarah Hepola: Detective Work on Your Own Life

The author of "Blackout" talks with Amy Benfer about the cost of alcoholism, "the gray zone of consent," and her memoir of addiction....
Sarah Hepola: My 5 Favorite Books on Addiction

GUEST BOOKS

Sarah Hepola: My 5 Favorite Books on Addiction

Essential reading selected by the author of "Blackout"....
Death and Mr. Pickwick

FICTION

Death and Mr. Pickwick

The work that made Charles Dickens famous is the basis for a multilayered debut novel of 19th-century life and letters. Review by Adam Kirsch....
Dash of the Titans: Classic Gods in 4 New Fantasy Novels

THE SPECULATOR

Dash of the Titans: Classic Gods in 4 New Fantasy Novels

Fun new works from Jo Walton, Joanne M. Harris, and Martin Millar each place deities of the ancient world into modern narratives....
Rise

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Rise

A woman on the run manuevers her way through the roughest patches of Scotland, armed with laconic wit and the will to survive....
Gravity is Your Friend

DAYBOOK

Gravity is Your Friend

20 years ago this week: the U.S. and Russia form the International Space Station, and with it "a new era of friendship and cooperation."...
Obituary

GRIN & TONIC

Obituary

A symbolic loss is hard to account for....
Pleasure Cruise: Two Summer Reads

A READING LIFE

Pleasure Cruise: Two Summer Reads

Two novels "that exactly fill the season's indefinable requirements" of engaging humor and coastal views. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
American Oxygen

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

American Oxygen

Greil Marcus's month in review: Rihanna and the Splash Brothers triumph, while other national idols are called into question....
Orphaned by History

DAYBOOK

Orphaned by History

65 years ago this week: the start of the Korean War, "a puzzling, gray, very distant conflict."...
Headier Start

GRIN & TONIC

Headier Start

"Is this for real, or just a playdate?"...

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