Introducing “Chef’s Notes”: Dispatches — from our source in a restaurant kitchen — on new cookbooks.
Reviews & Essays
The author’s return to the town of Gilead, Iowa, and one woman’s entry into a new life. Review by John Freeman.
Is the Ebola outbreak a harbinger of epidemics to come? Review by Peter Lewis.
How Weimar culture gave birth to a sexual revolution. Review by Jessa Crispin.
A philosophy professor’s life of the mind founders on earthier ground.
An essayist pursues harsh reality head-on, and finds candor to be more complicated than she’d thought.
Looking for escape artists on this year’s short list.
“History isn’t a museum store. It’s a junk yard guarded by a fat old dog who’s meaner than hell.”
From Altair-4 to the Eighth Dimension.
The garrulous hero of The Sportswriter and Independence Day returns. What’s left to say?
Peter Jackson’s true-crime tale of 1950s New Zealand still casts a subversive spell.
When disaster strikes a secluded island, the locals question all they’ve come to trust in one another.
An American operative goes missing in Africa in a thriller from the author of Tree of Smoke.
Joe Alsop was postwar Washington’s greatest host. But when the party ended, his downfall had true upsides.
Why did an Edwardian occultist become the darling of the Age of Aquarius? Bill Tipper on two new books examining the lasting influence of “The Wickedest Man in the World.”