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LIVES

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

By ZACHARY LEADER

The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × May 11, 2015 ×

MOTHER'S DAY

Mother Tongue: 13 Essential Words for Mother’s Day

Mother Tongue: 13 Essential Words for Mother’s Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, a comedic inventor of language delivers choice selections words for the women who raised us.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

ANIMALS

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

A primer of fascinating information about the rapport between man and man’s best friend, from Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s guide to “Learning from How Dogs Learn”.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Jon Krakauer: “It’s easier to pretend it doesn’t really exist.”

Jon Krakauer: “It’s easier to pretend it doesn’t really exist.”

The renowned author of “Missoula” on how we respond to sexual assault, and what we can all do to evolve our thinking on rape and its prosecution.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

LIVES

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

By THOMAS KUNKEL

A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir

By PHILIP GLASS

Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives with soundtracks. Review by Jeremy Eichler.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Kate Bolick: Untying Corsets

Kate Bolick: Untying Corsets

The journalist on how her life as a happily unmarried woman became the subject of her incisive new pairing of memoir and biography. A conversation with Michele Filgate.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

We Are Lost

We Are Lost

This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” and the Art of Fake News

By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ

Orson Welles – born 100 years ago today – and his hoax that shocked the world. Plus: Colin Fleming’s list of five must-hear radio performances from Welles’s classic Mercury Theater productions.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

By CHIGOZIE OBIOMA

Katherine A. Powers on a family story of prophecy, tragedy and madness that echoes a Nigerian masterwork.

Posted by × May 5, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

By JON KRAKAUER

The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” looks at a national problem through one city’s history of sexual violence. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.

Posted by × May 4, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

Struggle to Be Heard

In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.

Posted by × April 29, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

My Struggle, Book Four: Dancing in the Dark

By KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD; Translated by DON BARTLETT

The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sensational Guy Boothby

The Sensational Guy Boothby

Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Sweet Nothing

Sweet Nothing

By RICHARD LANGE

In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×