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A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

SHORT STORIES

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

A new collection of short stories that turn on men and women pursuing agendas as self-destructive as they are self-centered. Review by Stefan Beck....
A Whimsical Q&A Takes Questions

GRIN & TONIC

A Whimsical Q&A Takes Questions

The About page speaks....
So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

MUSIC

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

A diehard fan charts the long, strange trip of the American rock group on the occasion of their retirement. Review by Justin Taylor....
Nemesis Games

THE SPECULATOR

Nemesis Games

The five novels of Corey's "Expanse" series make for a smashing adventure, in the tradition of pop culture's best space operas. Review by Paul Di Filippo....
No Sign of Her

Daybook

No Sign of Her

This week in history: Paris falls under Nazi control, as the City of Lights fades to black....
The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

TECHNOLOGY

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

How the Internet's hidden black markets traffic sex, drugs, and the promise of "transcending death." Review by Nell McShane Wulfhart....
Book of Numbers

FICTION

Book of Numbers

A novel of a tech maven and the ghost writer of his memoirs proves a work of skillful engineering....
Reagan: The Life

HISTORY

Reagan: The Life

A new life of Ronald Reagan follows an actor who took on the role of a lifetime. Review by Tom Carson....
Genius at Play: Martinez and Martin

A READING LIFE

Genius at Play: Martinez and Martin

A pair of baseball legends -- a dominating pitcher and a wily strategist -- are unfolded in two new books. Review by Katherine A. Powers....
Glad All Over

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Glad All Over

Greil Marcus's month in review spotlights spring awakenings, from Paris to West Virginia and back again....
Looking Back

GRIN & TONIC

Looking Back

"Color in cave paintings? Next thing you know, two dimensions won’t be enough."...
The Meursault Investigation

FICTION

The Meursault Investigation

A superb debut novel refocuses the story of Albert Camus' "The Stranger" onto the Algerian man at its center, and his vengeful brother's journey. Review by David Burr Gerrard....