Reviews & Essays

Vintage Shorts: Wanderlust Edition

TRAVEL

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

LANGUAGE

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

FICTION

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

POLITICS

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

FICTION

Death and Life with Don DeLillo

Tom LeClair on Don DeLillo's ever-surprising career -- and his upcoming novel's face-off with mortality....
My Marriage

REDISCOVERY

My Marriage

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....
A Hell of a Song

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

FICTION

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....
Paradise City

FICTION

Paradise City

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

HUMAN NATURE

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."...
Reclaiming Ourselves: “Open Letter” and the Case Against Fear

FREE SPEECH

Reclaiming Ourselves: “Open Letter” and the Case Against Fear

On the anniversary of the massacre at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a posthumous work from its editor makes a biting case for free speech. Essay by David L. Ulin....
The Main Task: Herman Wouk’s Century

FICTION

The Main Task: Herman Wouk’s Century

Tom Carson on how the 100-year-old author of "The Winds of War" made a permanent mark on American memory....

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