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Janice Y.K. Lee's new novel explores a web of interconnections between newcomers and natives in the author's hometown of Hong Kong. Review by Veronique de Turenne.
The Art of X-Ray Reading
Reading great literature can help us write stronger sentences, says Roy Peter Clark. But, asks Mark Athitakis, is that how we should be reading?
Vintage Shorts: Wanderlust Edition
Armchair excursions for an indoor time of year: Peter Lewis on the popcorn allure of short-form travel writing....
In Other Words
A novelist's love affair with a new language yields a portrait of the artist elided by her fiction. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
On the Edge
Why Rafael Chirbes's portrait of a Spanish community devasted by the financial crisis is the novel the world needs now. Review by Christopher Byrd.
Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century
Daniel Oppenheimer takes a group portrait of six men who made a political about-face: what can it tell us about the nature of our beliefs? Review by Rayyan Al-Shawaf.
Death and Life with Don DeLillo
Tom LeClair on Don DeLillo's ever-surprising career -- and his upcoming novel's face-off with mortality.
A novelist in fin-de-siecle Vienna finds that in charting the progress of a wrecked union "I've lost all sense of measure." Review by Adam Kirsch.
REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10
A Hell of a Song
January's Real Life Rock Top 10 is led by "The Affair", as an unexpected moment yields the transformation of a classic American song. List by Greil Marcus.
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Sunil Yapa's fictional treatment of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle seeks out a "higher law" in the chaos of competing causes. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
Elizabeth Day's story of London lives in collision puts an unexpected twist on a scandal from the headlines. Review by Anna Mundow.
Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
Is "art" an ineffable product of human creativity? Or is it the ultimate tool? Tess Taylor follows Alva Noë's foray into "thinking about thinking."...