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George R.R. Martin: “Why do I keep getting these four-legged dragons?”

George R.R. Martin: “Why do I keep getting these four-legged dragons?”

The creator of Game of Thrones talks the untold history of Westeros, and working with “some of the greatest Fantasy artists in the world” on his latest vision.

Posted by × November 4, 2014 ×

COMEDY

Martin Short Sings of Songs and Loves Ago

Martin Short Sings of Songs and Loves Ago

The star of stage and screen on his boyhood dreams, falling in love, grocery shopping with Tom Hanks, and his keys to living well.

Posted by × November 3, 2014 ×

POLITICS

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

By GREGG HERKEN

Joe Alsop was postwar Washington’s greatest host. But when the party ended, his downfall had true upsides.

Posted by × October 31, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Devil Rocks Out: The Legacies of Aleister Crowley

The Devil Rocks Out: The Legacies of Aleister Crowley

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.”

Posted by × October 29, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Ghosts: A Natural History

Ghosts: A Natural History

By ROGER CLARKE

Do phantoms walk among us? Looking at the spirit world through the lens of science doesn’t preclude thrills. Review by Peter Lewis.

Posted by × October 29, 2014 ×

CRIME

Autumn Killing

Autumn Killing

By MONS KALLENTOFT; Translated by NEIL SMITH

A Stockholm detective struggles with a brutal killing, and her own self-destructive spiral.

Posted by × October 29, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Women

Women

By CHLOE CALDWELL

From a young writer’s heartache come mature ideas on lost love and the will to carry on.

Posted by × October 29, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Herbie Hancock: Breaking the Rules

Herbie Hancock: Breaking the Rules

The jazz innovator talks about finding Buddhism, his relationship with Miles Davis, and teaching the ethics of an artform.

Posted by × October 28, 2014 ×

DAYBOOK

We Annihilated the World

We Annihilated the World

This week in history: the Mercury Theatre stages an invasion, and Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow.

Posted by × October 28, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

John Grisham

John Grisham

The author of Gray Mountain on his first stories, work ethic, proudest moments, and the books he still wants to write.

Posted by × October 28, 2014 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Peripheral

The Peripheral

By WILLIAM GIBSON

A virtual reality experiment opens into a rabbit hole of conspiracy in the latest from the cyberpunk pioneer.

Posted by × October 28, 2014 ×

CULTURAL STUDIES

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

By JILL LEPORE

The strange genesis of a star-spangled symbol of female empowerment.

Posted by × October 27, 2014 ×

A READING LIFE

The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition

The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition

By H. L. MENCKEN; Edited by MARION ELIZABETH RODGERS

The “Sage of Baltimore” looked back on a life obsessed with the written word. Review by Katherine A. Powers.

Posted by × October 24, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

J: A Novel

J: A Novel

By HOWARD JACOBSON

The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville’s white whale.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

By COLM TÓIBÍN

A young Irish widow returns to an abandoned profession as a means of feeding her children – and stifling loneliness.

Posted by × October 22, 2014 ×