• The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

    The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

    With Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the story of a woman’s life finds epic dimension in an interior landscape. Essay by John Freeman.

  • The Dog

    The Dog

    By JOSEPH O'NEILL

    If you’re a servant of the unspeakably wealthy, are you responsible for what you help them do? Review by Katherine A. Powers.

  • The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

    The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

    One of Spain’s most acclaimed novelists traces his development in both fiction and memoir. Essay by Scott Esposito.

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Thirteen Days in September

Thirteen Days in September

By LAWRENCE WRIGHT

How the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt happened — against the odds.

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Ted Rall

Ted Rall

Trips to Tibet, North Korea, Palestine, and Afghanistan with the acclaimed writer-cartoonist.

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HUMOR

Monkey Did

Monkey Did

“[Wikipedia] has rejected a photographer’s request to remove a set of photos of a crested black macaque because the photos were taken by the monkey.”

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An Audacious Proposition

An Audacious Proposition

This week in history: Magellan and the Mayflower set sail, inspiring stories of courage, exotica, and flying cows.

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The Hollywood Trilogy

The Hollywood Trilogy

By DON CARPENTER

A lost master’s reissued gems balance grime and luster on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Review by Charles Taylor.

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

By SAM HARRIS

Can neuroscience, meditation, and pharmaceuticals open the door to nirvana?

Posted by × September 15, 2014 ×

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Marie-Helene Bertino: The Dough Will Tell You When It’s Dough

Marie-Helene Bertino: The Dough Will Tell You When It’s Dough

Talking the difference between writing novels and short stories, Hollywood, and secret pizza recipes with the author of 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas.

Posted by × September 15, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer

By DAMON GALGUT

Imagining the trip to Bharat — and sexual awakening — that inspired E. M. Forster to write A Passage to India.

Posted by × September 12, 2014 ×

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Summer of the Dead

Summer of the Dead

By JULIA KELLER

Prosecutor Bell Elkins returns for her third mystery set in small-town West Virginia.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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The Southern Reach Trilogy

The Southern Reach Trilogy

By JEFF VANDERMEER

With Acceptance, a three-volume expedition into the uncanny reaches its climax.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

By EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, a search for what might endure.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

By TED RALL

A compassionate, “unembedded” report from Afghanistan’s front lines.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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Jason Segel: The Promise That More Exists

Jason Segel: The Promise That More Exists

The film and television star on learning to write for himself, his greatest fears, and the childhood experiences that spurred his debut novel Nightmares!

Posted by × September 9, 2014 ×

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Gone Glamping

Gone Glamping

“It means ‘Glamorously Camping,’ and I didn’t make it up.”

Posted by × September 9, 2014 ×

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Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt

The author of Neverhome on great stories of “a few fierce women.”

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