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A Brief History of Summer Reading

When the days get longer and the temperature starts to rise, books start appearing. Sunscreen-dappled paperbacks are bundled into beach bags and...

Cults, College Dropouts and The Art of Control in Two New Story Collections

Ohlin's sly irony highlights the painful plight of characters for whom closure is unattainable. In "FMK", Sonia is accompanied by an ex-lover...

Roberto Calasso, Renaissance Man of Letters, Dies at 80

"Calasso carved a new niche as an intellectual, seeing myth as true, certainly as true as science," said Tim Parks, who on the...

Echoes of a Fairy Tale in a Disastrous Novel

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | sewing machine | how to listenOmar Al Akkad's...

What to do this weekend

You are welcome. August begins on Sunday, a new month, a great time to set an intention for the weeks ahead. ...

Legends Remade: New Science Fiction and Fantasy

marissa levins The World Gives Way (Redhook, 402 pp., $28) A Shocking Marvel, an action-packed cat-and-mouse chase aboard a wrecked generation ship the...

Alexandra Kleiman finds reality too real

Whereas in "You Can Have a Body Like Mine", the bodies themselves were plastic, shape-shifting until they lost all traces of their original...

Eve L. Ewing Adds a Dash of Black Girl Magic to STEM-Based Education

maya and the robotby Eve L. EwingIllustrated by Christine AlmeidaDiversity (or, more precisely, lack thereof) has long been a huge problem in technology...

Painter of Black Life for Children, Floyd Cooper, dies at 65

Floyd Cooper, a noted children's book illustrator who explored the African American experience in stories rooted in history, such as the 1955 story...

11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Vixenhandjob by Francine Prose. (Harper/HarperCollins, $25.99.) In Prose's latest novel, set in the 1950s, a young editor is hired by a New...

Everything Old Is New Again and Other Best Selling Knowledge

A look at this week's popular novels reminds us that good writing runs in families, wet T-shirts grab attention and you can't hide...

Eric Larson Has a Horror Story He’ll Want You to Hear

The evolution of the audio original marks a change in the way authors and publishers view what was once regarded as an addendum...

fantasy summer

You are welcome. It's hard to believe that another month is drawing to a close, with summer again seeping into its half....

This novel reimagines a power broker who trods lightly and leaves a huge footprint.

It's not even really a police procedural, though one side of the story follows Inspector McCluskey's attempt to solve the puzzle of why...

On stage, the pen is usually duller than the sword.

GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS - Writing is boring. I should know. I just spent half an hour revising that first sentence.Playwrights nonetheless...

New and remarkable, from horse girls to the ER doctor’s approach to COVID

Recent titles of note:The Year of the Plague: A Memoir of 2020, by Fred D'Aguirre. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In a year of public...

Funny and soulful stories from a writer who just started

Anthony Vesna So's witty and sharply articulated short stories are set in the Central Valley—a "valley of dust and pollen and California smog",...

Finding the ‘believers’ who will remake a damaged Earth

believersmaking a life at the end of the worldby Lisa Wells"Believers" is the book of a young woman wandering at a time when...

‘The Dark Part of My Life’: 5 Excerpts from Mena Suvari’s Book

When she began her acting career, Mena Suvari quickly became used to playing the very small object of a man's desires.In 1999 and...

The Secret of My Obsession with Agatha Christie

The more time I spent with Poirot, the more our pandemic routines became less like boring compulsions and more like apprentice detective work.It...
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