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Harvest of Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016

THE SPECULATOR

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

HUMAN NATURE

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

FREE SPEECH

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

COMEDY

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

DAYBOOK

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

FICTION

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

HUMAN NATURE

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.
Best of the Review 2015: 20 Editors’ Picks

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.
Screen Time

DAYBOOK

Screen Time

120 years ago this week, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the "cinematograph" to the world.
To Hell and Back: Europe 1914–1949

HISTORY

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

CITIES

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

ECOLOGY

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.