Reviews & Essays

SHORT STORIES

Voices in the Night

Voices in the Night

By STEVEN MILLHAUSER

In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

LIVES

James Merrill: Life and Art

James Merrill: Life and Art

By LANGDON HAMMER

The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

England and Other Stories

England and Other Stories

By GRAHAM SWIFT

A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × May 19, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

The Water Museum

The Water Museum

By LUIS ALBERTO URREA

In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SCIENCE

Dreams of Earth and Sky

Dreams of Earth and Sky

By FREEMAN DYSON

At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

ADVICE

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

By J. K. ROWLING

The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

LIVES

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

By ZACHARY LEADER

The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × May 11, 2015 ×

ANIMALS

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

A primer of fascinating information about the rapport between man and man’s best friend, from Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s guide to “Learning from How Dogs Learn”.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

LIVES

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

By THOMAS KUNKEL

A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir

By PHILIP GLASS

Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives with soundtracks. Review by Jeremy Eichler.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ

Orson Welles – born 100 years ago today – and his hoax that shocked the world. Plus: Colin Fleming’s list of five must-hear radio performances from Welles’s classic Mercury Theater productions.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

By JON KRAKAUER

The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” looks at a national problem through one city’s history of sexual violence. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.

Posted by × May 4, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

Struggle to Be Heard

In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.

Posted by × April 29, 2015 ×