Joe Alsop was post-war Washington’s greatest host. But when the party ended, his downfall had true upsides.
Why did an Edwardian occultist become the darling of the Age of Aquarius? Bill Tipper on two new books examining the lasting influence of “The Wickedest Man in the World.”
By ROGER CLARKE
Do phantoms walk among us? Looking at the spirit world through the lens of science doesn’t preclude thrills. Review by Peter Lewis.
By MONS KALLENTOFT; Translated by NEIL SMITH
A Stockholm detective struggles with a brutal killing, and her own self-destructive spiral. Review by Anna Mundow.
From a young writer’s heartache come mature ideas on lost love and the will to carry on.
The jazz innovator talks about finding Buddhism, his relationship with Miles Davis, and teaching the ethics of an artform.
This week in history: the Mercury Theatre stages an invasion, and Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow.
The author of Gray Mountain on his first stories, work ethic, proudest moments, and the books he still wants to write.
A virtual reality experiment opens into a rabbit hole of conspiracy in the latest from the cyberpunk pioneer.
The strange genesis of a star-spangled symbol of female empowerment.
The “Sage of Baltimore” looked back on a life obsessed with the written word. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville’s white whale.
A young Irish widow returns to an abandoned profession as a means of feeding her children – and stifling loneliness.
In memoir and fiction — and sometimes online — three women chart a generation’s uneasy passage into adulthood.
“These books all start with the infusion of chaos into a person’s life. They keep posing the question – what happens next?”
This week in history: a charter is signed in the name of postwar cooperation, and a realist learns he must turn the sail rather than the wind.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lila (a 2014 National Book Award finalist) on the benefits of loneliness, how characters come to her, and the most important advice she gives to aspiring writers.
How the 1987 scandal of would-be presidential candidate Gary Hart gave us the political news cycle of today.