Reviews & Essays

FILM

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

By CHRIS TAYLOR

Black Friday explained: a long time ago, a galaxy far, far away proved to be immensely lucrative.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

LIVES

Looking for Laurie

Looking for Laurie

Home for the holidays: a daughter’s tribute to her mother, Laurie Colwin, the writer whose graceful observations of food and family made her an icon.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

FICTION

A Map of Betrayal

A Map of Betrayal

By HA JIN

The new novel from the author of Waiting is based on a true story of a Chinese mole among American spies.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

In Light of Current Events

In Light of Current Events

Introducing Greil Marcus’s lively column of everyday culture and found objects “Real Life Rock Top 10″ to the Review.

Posted by × November 22, 2014 ×

CHEF'S NOTES

Love Is Chicken and Waffles

Love Is Chicken and Waffles

Introducing “Chef’s Notes”: Dispatches — from our source in a restaurant kitchen — on new cookbooks.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

FICTION

Lila

Lila

By MARILYNNE ROBINSON

The author’s return to the town of Gilead, Iowa, and one woman’s entry into a new life. Review by John Freeman.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

By DAVID QUAMMEN

Is the Ebola outbreak a harbinger of epidemics to come? Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × November 18, 2014 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity

By ROBERT BEACHY

How Weimar culture gave birth to a sexual revolution. Review by Jessa Crispin.

Posted by × November 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Wittgenstein Jr

Wittgenstein Jr

By LARS IYER

A philosophy professor’s life of the mind founders on earthier ground.

Posted by × November 14, 2014 ×

ESSAYS

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

By MEGHAN DAUM

An essayist pursues harsh reality head-on, and finds candor to be more complicated than she’d thought.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Friction Fiction: The 2014 National Book Award Finalists

Looking for escape artists on this year’s short list.

Posted by × November 12, 2014 ×

HISTORY

Jill Lepore: Of Ruckus and Rumpus

Jill Lepore: Of Ruckus and Rumpus

“History isn’t a museum store. It’s a junk yard guarded by a fat old dog who’s meaner than hell.”

Posted by × November 11, 2014 ×

FILM

Way, Way Out There: The 10 Greatest Science Fiction Movies You Haven’t Seen

Way, Way Out There: The 10 Greatest Science Fiction Movies You Haven’t Seen

By CHRIS BARSANTI

From Altair-4 to the Eighth Dimension.

Posted by × November 10, 2014 ×

FICTION

Let Me Be Frank with You

Let Me Be Frank with You

By RICHARD FORD

The garrulous hero of The Sportswriter and Independence Day returns. What’s left to say?

Posted by × November 5, 2014 ×

FILM

“We’re Going to Be Film Stars!”: Heavenly Creatures at Twenty

“We’re Going to Be Film Stars!”: Heavenly Creatures at Twenty

Peter Jackson’s true-crime tale of 1950s New Zealand still casts a subversive spell.

Posted by × November 5, 2014 ×