Dance of Life: Amelia Gray and “Isadora”
Profile by Tobias Carroll ×
Amelia Gray's new novel takes the already-legendary life of Isadora Duncan as its inspiration. Profile by Tobias Carroll.
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America
By MICHAEL RUHLMAN
Reviewed by Sarah L. Courteau ×
Consider, says Michael Ruhlman, the most compelling evidence of a civilization's evolutionary leap: the supermarket....
By ZACHARY MASON
Reviewed by Paul Di Filippo ×
The author of "The Lost Books of the Odyssey" returns with a novel of conspiracy in the age of artificial intelligence. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
Yawn: Adventures in Boredom
By MARY MANN
Reviewed by Mark Athitakis ×
One of the most common experiences is also one of the most poorly understood: Mary Mann explores the paradox of tedium....
With a God on His Side
Essay by Robert Christgau ×
Across his studies of culture and materialism, critic and philosopher Terry Eagleton looks for the "heart of a heartless world." Essay by Robert Christgau.
A Novel Like a Tree: Arundhati Roy on “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”
A Conversation with Rafia Zakaria ×
The celebrated author returns with her first novel since "The God of Small Things" with a story that turns on the lives of the marginalized. "To me everything is political," she tells Rafia...
By LISA KO
Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers ×
An ambitious young woman leaves her rural hometown in China for what she hopes will be a better life in America. Lisa Ko's debut novel charts the unexpected consequences of that decision....
The Mighty Franks
By MICHAEL FRANK
Essay by Heller McAlpin ×
Michael Frank's memoir explores the strange dynamic of a family whose sense of boundaries was always less than perfect. Essay by Heller McAlpin.
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today
By Steve King ×
Was it the first "concept album"? The Beatles' exuberant classic, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, still beguiles at fifty.
On Becoming the Becky Sharp of Science: Hope Jahren
A Conversation with Bill Tipper ×
The author of "Lab Girl" on why scientific writing is like poetry, and how William Thackeray's unstoppable heroine gave her a model for her career in research. A conversation with Bill Tipper.
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
By KIM PHILLIPS-FEIN
Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×
The notion of "austerity" has returned to political conversations about the fate of America's cities. Kim Phillips-Fein looks back at the the lessons offered by New York's economic crisis of the...