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Harvest of Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016
Paul Di Filippo's literary time machine surveys a new year in fantastika.
Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
Is "art" an ineffable product of human creativity? Or is it the ultimate tool? Tess Taylor follows Alva Noë's foray into "thinking about thinking."...
Reclaiming Ourselves: “Open Letter” and the Case Against Fear
On the anniversary of the massacre at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a posthumous work from its editor makes a biting case for free speech. Essay by David L. Ulin.
Judah Friedlander: Hero for the Common Person
The comedian, actor, and artist on why he chose to immerse himself for fifteen hours a day into the creation of "When the Raindrops United", his new collection of single-panel cartoons.
The President’s Pulpit
The 225-year history of the State of the Union address has seen the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine, the War on Poverty -- and more than a few calculated applause lines.
The Main Task: Herman Wouk’s Century
Tom Carson on how the 100-year-old author of "The Winds of War" made a permanent mark on American memory.
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
You think you're capable of spotting a swindle? Maria Konnikova argues otherwise, and she's got science on her side. Review by Barbara Spindel.
THE YEAR IN READING
Best of the Review 2015: 20 Editors’ Picks
A look back at some of our favorite conversations, essays, and reviews from a big year in reading.
120 years ago this week, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the "cinematograph" to the world.
To Hell and Back: Europe 1914–1949
The historian and biographer of Hitler traces the roots -- and consequences -- of the double cataclysm that shaped modern Europe. Review by Tom Carson.
Writing the City
The author of "Sidewalking" tracks down the elusive stories of a metropolis, one step at a time. By David L. Ulin.
Humboldt in Paris
What Andrea Wulf's new book "The Invention of Nature" has to teach us as we confront the global climate crisis. By Eric Herschthal.