Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Sense of Style

The Sense of Style

By STEVEN PINKER

A “Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” explained, with a look back at the 20th century’s lingual lessons. Review by Jacob Silverman.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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How Shall I Know You?

How Shall I Know You?

By HILARY MANTEL

In this excerpt from Hilary Mantel’s The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories, a writer greets the day and wonders what will come next.

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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Our Lady of the Nile

Our Lady of the Nile

By SCHOLASTIQUE MUKASONGA

A Rwandan boarding school is home to the nation’s best and brightest young women — and their fears for their country’s future.

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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The Copernicus Complex

The Copernicus Complex

By CALEB SCHARF

How unique is Earth within our universe, and do we dare learn the answer?

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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The Moor’s Account

The Moor’s Account

By LAILA LALAMI

Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

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The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

The Woman in the Mirror: The Novels of Elena Ferrante

With Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the story of a woman’s life finds epic dimension in an interior landscape.

Posted by × September 22, 2014 ×

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Thirteen Days in September

Thirteen Days in September

By LAWRENCE WRIGHT

How the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt happened — against the odds.

Posted by × September 17, 2014 ×

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The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente

One of Spain’s most acclaimed novelists traces his development in both fiction and memoir.

Posted by × September 17, 2014 ×

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The Hollywood Trilogy

The Hollywood Trilogy

By DON CARPENTER

A lost master’s reissued gems balance grime and luster on the mean streets of Los Angeles.

Posted by × September 16, 2014 ×

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

By SAM HARRIS

Can neuroscience, meditation, and pharmaceuticals open the door to nirvana?

Posted by × September 15, 2014 ×

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Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer

By DAMON GALGUT

Imagining the trip to Bharat — and sexual awakening — that inspired E. M. Forster to write A Passage to India.

Posted by × September 12, 2014 ×

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

By EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, a search for what might endure.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

By TED RALL

A compassionate, “unembedded” report from Afghanistan’s front lines.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

By CHRISTIAN RUDDER

Why looking at our dating profiles and status updates might yield a clearer picture of America than any census.

Posted by × September 8, 2014 ×

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The Emerald Light in the Air

The Emerald Light in the Air

By DONALD ANTRIM

A novelist of the surreal finds his true calling: concise tales of loss, love, and liquor.

Posted by × September 3, 2014 ×