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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 ×

THE SPECULATOR

The Affinities

The Affinities

By ROBERT CHARLES WILSON

A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

American Warlord: A True Story

American Warlord: A True Story

By JOHNNY DWYER

How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Workers, From the Neck Up

Workers, From the Neck Up

This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

Tom Robbins Wants to Pop Your Piñata

The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”

Posted by × April 28, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life

By OLIVER SACKS

In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.

Posted by × April 27, 2015 ×