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The Lonely City

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Lonely City

Why are the most teeming places on earth also among the most isolating? And why does feeling alone in the crowd turn out to be so great for art? Rachel Syme follows Olivia Laing's journey to...
Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean

DISCOVER

Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean

The author talks about how she set out to write a story of a family -- and discovered she'd created a novel about our obsession with money and inheritance.
Welcome to the Working Week

AMERICAN HISTORY

Welcome to the Working Week

This week in 1926, the forty-hour work week was born. Can it survive?
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

CURRENT EVENTS

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

A legendary journalist pries into the stories behind the story. Review by Peter Lewis.
Daredevils

FICTION

Daredevils

In Shawn Vestal's debut novel, a young woman's escape route from a life she didn't choose intersects with a 1970s folk hero. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance

LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS

Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance

In the era before "science fiction" and "fantasy" diverged, writers from H.G. Wells to Olaf Stapledon charted new worlds over the horizon and under the surface. By Michael Dirda.
All the World’s a Cage

DAYBOOK

All the World’s a Cage

As the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death approaches, a story of reading the Bard behind bars.
Blackass

FICTION

Blackass

In an audacious twist on Kafka's famous tale, the Nigerian protagonist of A. Igoni Barret's wakes up to a metamorphosis of his own. Review by Hawa Allan.
Reading List: The Pulitzer Winners

AWARDS

Reading List: The Pulitzer Winners

Read excerpts from the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners in Fiction, History, Biography and more.
Hystopia

FICTION

Hystopia

David Means' heady trip of a novel follows a group of Vietnam veterans into an alternate 1970 where a new drug promises forgetfulness from the trauma of combat. Mark Athitakis reviews.
With Her Still: Tom Hart Remembers His Daughter in “Rosalie Lightning”

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With Her Still: Tom Hart Remembers His Daughter in “Rosalie Lightning”

"I saw our story everywhere." Cartoonist Tom Hart talks about the creation of his heartbreaking graphic memoir "Rosalie Lightning."
Dreaming in Laughter: New Comic Fantasy

THE SPECULATOR

Dreaming in Laughter: New Comic Fantasy

Why so serious, science fiction? And why does fantasy get all the laughs? Paul Di Filippo looks at two new works of reality-bending comedy.