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Drawn to Read

The Nit Pickers

The correspondence of poet Elizabeth Bishop with the famously detail-oriented magazine that championed her.

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Reader's Diary

Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin

The letters of travel writer Bruce Chatwin reveal genius driven by an uncontainable enthusiasm.

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Rock & Roll &

Dancing on Her Own

Robert Christgau gets moved by Swedish pop star Robyn's infectious beats and pugnacious lyrics.

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The Speculator

Swamplandia!

A high-spirited tale of a gator-wrestling family and a young girl's quest, steeped in backwoods lore.

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Public and Private

Alone Together

An investigation into digital connectivity and the loss of intimate human communication.

 

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Reading Romance

Fallen from Grace

Human imperfections are central to these affecting tales of love.

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Reader's Diary

The Memory of Love

Echoes of Graham Greene can be heard in Aminatta Forna's tale of youth, love, politics and betrayal in Africa.

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Library Without Walls

The Idle Pleasures of Jerome K. Jerome

Michael Dirda on the comic Victorian charms of the author of Three Men in a Boat.

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The Speculator

The Universe Next Door

Brian Greene's audacious new book makes the case for the multiverse, in which everything that can happen, does.

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The Thinking Read

Examined Lives

Does philosophy help us to live well?

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Drawn to Read

Disaster Preparedness

A wry memoir of childhood in the pop-culture saturated 1970s and 1980s, from a widely-admired cultural critic.

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Rock & Roll &

Live Albums

The year in pop music: not momentous, so it happens, but still expanding.

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Rock & Roll &

The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2010

A critic's rundown of a year in pop music.

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Reader's Diary

Tablet & Pen

Reza Aslan's new collection unlocks a treasure trove of Middle Eastern writing.

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Reading Romance

Compatibility Tests

The most unlikely romantic pairings can produce the most appealing tales of love.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.