Reviews & Essays

FICTION

God Help the Child

God Help the Child

By TONI MORRISON

In her eleventh novel, the Nobel Prize winner continues to create beauty from the anger and defining wounds of her characters. Review by Donna Rifkind.

Posted by × April 20, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD

Are we living through a “crisis of attention”? The answer may lie in how we still learn from one another.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

By JON RONSON

In an age of new connectivity online and beyond, a reporter finds empathy for those who’ve faced mortifying infamy.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Night at the Fiestas

Night at the Fiestas

By KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE

Hope for redemption and the devotion of dutiful families, in short stories from in and around New Mexico.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

NATURE

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures

By WILLIAM deBUYS

Grabbing a mystery of zoology by its horn.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

MUSIC

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

By IAN BOSTRIDGE

A tenor digs into the history of the momentous song cycle that he’s performed over one hundred times.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

By VIET THANH NGUYEN

Why a double agent of the Vietnam War is one of the most surprisingly likable characters in recent fiction.

Posted by × April 14, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction

After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction

By RENATA ADLER

Fifty years of biting wit and fearless honesty from a rogue journalist.

Posted by × April 13, 2015 ×

DIARIES

Songs of Themselves: Heidi Julavits and Sarah Manguso

Songs of Themselves: Heidi Julavits and Sarah Manguso

Two unconventional approaches to publishing personal diaries, from candid women willing to print their deepest inner workings.

Posted by × April 8, 2015 ×

FICTION

Where the Bird Sings Best

Where the Bird Sings Best

By ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

An iconoclast film director takes on his strangest adventure yet: charting his family’s heritage, with a dose of magic along the way.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

By FATIMA BHUTTO

A novel of life in a Pakistan gripped by violence, from the daughter of one of its political dynasties.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero

By MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

A master of political intrigue crafts a thriller of extortion and revenge on Peru’s northern coast.

Posted by × April 1, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

By T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE

A troubled young man heads off the grid in the California woods — but has he gone wild or gone mad?

Posted by × March 30, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Stopping Time

Stopping Time

In this month’s edition of his column, Greil Marcus stays in the moment – from a Baltimore club in 1951 to a Minneapolis stage with Sleater-Kinney.

Posted by × March 27, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×