• Death and Mr. Pickwick

    Death and Mr. Pickwick

    By STEPHEN JARVIS

    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

  • Pleasure Cruise: Two Summer Reads

    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

    American Oxygen

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

Latest Posts

LANGUAGE

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

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

By ROSEMARIE OSTLER

An impassioned history of primary U.S. prose finds “entertaining historical perspective on these linguistic clashes.”

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Sarah Hepola: Detective Work on Your Own Life

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.

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Sarah Hepola: My 5 Favorite Books on Addiction

Sarah Hepola: My 5 Favorite Books on Addiction

Essential reading selected by the author of “Blackout”.

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

READING IN COMMON

The Festival of Insignificance

The Festival of Insignificance

By MILAN KUNDERA; Translated from the French by LINDA ASHER

Close-knit French cohorts examine the sacred nature of friendship within their shared lives, in the latest from the author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Joke”.

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

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

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.

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Rise

Rise

By KAREN CAMPBELL

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

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Gravity is Your Friend

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.”

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Obituary

Obituary

A symbolic loss is hard to account for.

Posted by × June 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Orphaned by History

Orphaned by History

65 years ago this week: the start of the Korean War, “a puzzling, gray, very distant conflict.”

Posted by × June 24, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Headier Start

Headier Start

“Is this for real, or just a playdate?”

Posted by × June 24, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot

By MARK VANHOENACKER

An aviator’s memoir of life above the clouds, and what it says about our relation to heavens and Earth. Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × June 23, 2015 ×

DISCOVER

Appropriately Divided: Mia Alvar, Boris Fishman and Sara Nović

Appropriately Divided: Mia Alvar, Boris Fishman and Sara Nović

A trio of novelists from around the globe talk about what it means to write across languages, cultures and history. A Discover Great New Writers event.

Posted by × June 23, 2015 ×

WRITERS AND WRITING

Nabokov in America: On the Road to “Lolita”

Nabokov in America: On the Road to “Lolita”

By ROBERT ROPER

Vladimir Nabokov began his literary career in the world of Russian exiles in Paris. But it was the U.S. that gave him his most enduring subject. Review by Alex Beam.

Posted by × June 22, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

The Cartel

The Cartel

By DON WINSLOW

A jailed drug kingpin and a former DEA agent-turned-beekeeper face off amidst the sprawling violence of the drug trade. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × June 22, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Piece to be Used in the Absence of a Three-Minute-Egg Timer

Piece to be Used in the Absence of a Three-Minute-Egg Timer

Synchronize your watching.

Posted by × June 17, 2015 ×