Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives with soundtracks. Review by Jeremy Eichler.
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.
This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.
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.
Katherine A. Powers on a family story of prophecy, tragedy and madness that echoes a Nigerian masterwork.
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.
In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.
The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.
In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.
A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.
How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.
This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.
The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”