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Rock & Roll &

Not So Misterioso

Robin D.G. Kelley's new biography of Thelonious Monk inspires a reflection on a musician and composer whose gifts keep on giving.

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The Criminalist

Golden Years of Detection

How a decidedly peculiar pair of octogenarian investigators are delightedly breaking some venerable rules. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Father Knows Books: Otis

In a new visual review feature from Ward Sutton, the cartoonist (and parent) looks at Loren Long's new book Otis. Read more...

Reading Romance

Our Town

Why a small-town setting can make for a particularly compelling tale of love's trials.

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Library Without Walls

The Poems of Thomas Hardy

The novelist's other life, as a sensitive recorder of "tears in things." Read more...

Reader's Diary

New Worlds

From Wallace Shawn to Geraldo Rivera, uneasy crossings of horizons moral and physical. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Thucydides: the Reinvention of History

Why a chronicle of the struggle between two Mediterranean city-states still matters. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Last Night in Twisted River

In the latest novel from John Irving, a father and son are on the run from a Javert-like pursuer.

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Rock & Roll &

Paisley's Progress

A country star finds his voice. Read more...

The Criminalist

Tokyo Vice

An American-born reporter working the police beat in Japan renders a riveting picture of violence beneath a society's orderly surface. Read more...

Reading Romance

In Praise of Decent Men

Forget about that smoldering demon lover for a minute -- take another look at the boy next door.

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Library Without Walls

Ecstasies

The fascinating folklore of the witches' sabbath in medieval Europe. Read more...

The Speculator

The Year of the Flood

In Margaret Atwood's new novel, the nearest of futures continues to breed wild dreams and compelling nightmares. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Ascents, Flights, and Fogs

A new memoir from a daughter of a tragically brilliant union; an elegant critic; and the joys of crime by gaslight. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

A visionary of human liberty or a self-serving cult mistress? The enigma of the author of The Fountainhead. Read more...

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.