Reviews & Essays

Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties

cultural history

Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties

When the conservative met the controversial, the result was the "Debate of the Year" - and surprising correspondence that lasted for decades. Review by Barbara Spindel....
Breath, Eyes, Memory

REDISCOVERY

Breath, Eyes, Memory

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers, Casey Rocheteau revisits an early selection: Edwidge Danticat's electrifying debut....
The Last Person on Earth

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Last Person on Earth

Asif Kapadia's "Amy" opens a window onto commitment and loss, a festival takes on hated songs, Jessica Hopper pulls it together and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10....
Armada

THE SPECULATOR

Armada

A freewheeling alien invasion of Earth - with notes of "Star Wars" and "The Last Starfighter" - from the author of the smash hit "Ready Player One"....
The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

POLITICS

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

The man who put words into the mouth of a disgraced governor on American politicians behind the curtain: when they run, who they value, and why they lie. Review by Peter Lewis....
Speak

FICTION

Speak

Louisa Hall's ambitious new novel braids together lives far-flung in time in a story that explores our links to "histories we can't ever know." Review by Anna Mundow....
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

MEMOIR

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

For the journalist William Finnegan, the art of catching a wave has served as an analogue to finding the arc of a story. Review by Tess Taylor....
How Music Got Free

MUSIC

How Music Got Free

How a surprisingly low-tech approach to music smuggling -- think big belt buckles -- kicked off the age of Napster and a revolution in the music business. Review by Chris Molanphy....
The Country of Ice Cream Star

FICTION

The Country of Ice Cream Star

A novel of post-apocalyptic America in the year 2100, starring a heroine "as bell and brave as 'The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen - and much more mature."...
In the Country

FICTION

In the Country

A debuting author's short stories offer a wide lens of Filipino immigrants' experience: "to recreate a sense of home in the strange lands where they find themselves." Review by Roxane Gay....
Music for Wartime

FICTION

Music for Wartime

In tales of World War II songwriters, reality TV producers, and points in between, the stories in Makkai’s new collection are marked by her "often-dark wit and lively intellect." Review by...
Running with the Renegade: Leon Neyfakh on “The Next Next Level”

MUSIC

Running with the Renegade: Leon Neyfakh on “The Next Next Level”

A portrait of a hip-hop artist as a young man raises questions about technology and creative independence in a media-saturated world. Profile by Tobias Carroll....