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.”
Reviews & Essays
Do phantoms walk among us? Looking at the spirit world through the lens of science doesn’t preclude thrills. Review by Peter Lewis.
From a young writer’s heartache come mature ideas on lost love and the will to carry on.
The strange genesis of a star-spangled symbol of female empowerment.
The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville’s white whale.
A young Irish widow returns to an abandoned profession as a means of feeding her children – and stifling loneliness.
In memoir and fiction — and sometimes online — three women chart a generation’s uneasy passage into adulthood.
How the 1987 scandal of would-be presidential candidate Gary Hart gave us the political news cycle of today.
Mankind – origins, our unique place in the universe, and what the future of the species holds – in about two hundred pages.
In verde, there is veritas: a new book explains how one hue can illustrate greed, royalty, envy, and the splendor of the natural world.
The author of Wolf Hall opens doors into alternate worlds in her new collection of short fiction.
A “Guide to the Formerly Funny” garners present-day laughs, while examining some shocking subjects that no longer seem comic.
How a politically charged debut novel of emigration was born from a true story of the author’s family.
The author of Fingersmith and The Little Stranger returns to London’s mean streets in her latest work of quiet excellence.