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DAYBOOK

What the Fish Scales Know

What the Fish Scales Know

This week in history: Jacques Cousteau’s masterpiece debuts, inspiring an ocean of explorers.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Seven Myth-Busting Facts about the French

Seven Myth-Busting Facts about the French

One witty Parisian’s compendium of lived-in knowledge, from bidets to frog’s legs.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×

GUEST BOOKS

Keegan Allen: The Photographers Who Have Influenced Me

Keegan Allen: The Photographers Who Have Influenced Me

The actor on the artists who’ve influenced his own camera work, now captured in his alluring new book.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010

When the Facts Change: Essays, 1995-2010

By TONY JUDT

The departed historian’s final works venture into the twenty-first century’s dawn, in search of the “collective goods” capable of uniting us. Michelle Dean reports.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×

FICTION

Munich Airport

Munich Airport

By GREG BAXTER

In a place devoted to long-distance transit, the living and the dead find themselves in a kind of limbo.

Posted by × February 3, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Paradesk

Paradesk

Working very remotely.

Posted by × February 3, 2015 ×

CURRENT EVENTS

Behind the Wire: Inside Guantánamo

Behind the Wire: Inside Guantánamo

A prisoner and a guard each come forward with disturbing stories from the detention facility. Barbara Spindel reviews.

Posted by × February 2, 2015 ×

HISTORY BY PLOT

Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale

Acclaimed author Kristin Hannah on her reasons for writing her latest novel, a World War II story of sisterhood, escape, and romance.

Posted by × January 31, 2015 ×

FICTION

Uncle Janice

Uncle Janice

By MATT BURGESS

A thrilling tale of an undercover New York cop may be the most timely American novel of recent memory.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

INTERVIEWS

Miranda July: The Beating Heart

Miranda July: The Beating Heart

Raising a child, designing mobile apps, and selling curtains online: all in a day’s work for the film director and debuting novelist.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

FICTION

Street of Thieves

Street of Thieves

By MATHIAS ÉNARD

The misadventures of a Moroccan man intersect with the Arab Spring and European financial crisis.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

THE SPECULATOR

Mort(e)

Mort(e)

By ROBERT REPINO

If you’ve ever thought that your cat might be be an alien, this is the book for you.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

Loving Tension, No Pension

Loving Tension, No Pension

This week in history: Puccini defines “bohemia” for generations to come.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

HISTORY

Sometimes an Art

Sometimes an Art

By BERNARD BAILYN

Can the present ever see the past clearly?

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

Sweetland

Sweetland

By MICHAEL CRUMMEY

As an island empties, one man holds out.

Posted by × January 26, 2015 ×