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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi
In Maurizio de Giovanni's brooding mystery, a murder in Fascist Naples leads to a puzzle it will take a lifetime to unravel. Review by Anna Mundow
A READING LIFE
The Cold World of Barbara Comyns
Rediscovering an unpredictable English novelist who delighted in surprise -- and never turned away from the black comedy of her life. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Mary-Louise Parker: “I Just Love Directness”
The award winning stage actress and star of "Weeds" talks about her first book, a set of letters to male figures real and imagined. A conversation with Michele Filgate.
On the publication of Mary Gaitskill's "The Mare", a look back at the equines in literature.
GRIN & TONIC
Crossword Editor Helps His Daughter Shop
Dad's got all the clues but one.
20 years ago this week: the death of the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa following his work to expose corruption endangering the Niger Delta.
Mapping the Earworm’s Genome
John Seabrook's "The Song Machine" looks at the world of topliners, bliss points, and how the hook you can't get out of your head was engineered to stay there. Robert Christgau reviews.
Family Matters: The 2015 NBA Fiction Finalists
Tom LeClair on the focus upon home in 2015's National Book Awards Finalists: stories of parents and children, spouses and siblings, curious adolescents and foggy seniors.
Back on the Horse: Mary Gaitskill on The Mare
The author of "Secretary" and "Veronica" talks about researching her new novel "The Mare" and the human-equine bond.
READING IN COMMON
The White Road: Journey into an Obsession
The author of "The Hare with Amber Eyes" unfolds a lifelong fascination with a very delicate subject. Review by Heller McAlpin.
REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10
Think you've heard Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon"? Listen again. Plus: John Seabrook, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Sarah Vowell trains her irreverent historical imagination on the revolutionary ally who made the American Revolution a global struggle. Review by Peter Lewis.