Reviews & Essays

FICTION

The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

By MARTIN AMIS

Alexander Chee on why a love story set in a Nazi concentration camp may prove a standout chapter in the novelist’s defiant career.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

FICTION

Suspended Sentences

Suspended Sentences

By PATRICK MODIANO; Translated by MARK POLIZZOTTI

A trio of novellas from 2014 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature shuttles readers between Paris past and present. Review by Anna Mundow.

Posted by × December 15, 2014 ×

RELIGION

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By KAREN ARMSTRONG

Have faith and fanaticism been at the heart of our global history of war?

Posted by × December 9, 2014 ×

THE YEAR IN READING

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Permission Granted: Women and the Essay in 2014

Hearing our own questions when the writer dares to ask. By Michelle Dean.

Posted by × December 8, 2014 ×

HISTORY

The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

By MARK M. SMITH

Can we understand an American cataclysm without experiencing the reek of death and the roar of cannon? Review by Adam Kirsch.

Posted by × December 5, 2014 ×

LIVES

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

By JAMES BOOTH

A new life of the poet who gloried in the mundane. Reviewed by Troy Jollimore.

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

FICTION

Shark

Shark

By WILL SELF

In a prequel to his novel Umbrella, the novelist follows his psychiatrist hero on a dive into war and its aftermath.

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

FICTION

How to Be Both

How to Be Both

By ALI SMITH

An act of authorial magic crosses the lives of a Renaissance painter and a twenty-first-century teen. Review by Liesl Schillinger

Posted by × December 2, 2014 ×

LIVES

Even This I Get to Experience

Even This I Get to Experience

By NORMAN LEAR

How the creator of Archie Bunker brought political awareness to the idiot box.

Posted by × December 1, 2014 ×

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 ×