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A Classic Illustrated

The creator of Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat takes on...the Creation.

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Drawn to Read

The Wild Things

Dave Eggers makes a novel out of Maurice Sendak's classic picture story. An illustrated review by Ward Sutton.

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The Criminalist

Falling Angel

William Hjortsberg’s Masterpiece of New York Noir Read more...

Reading Romance

Help, Help, Save Me!

Rescue Me!

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Reader's Diary

Introspections

New maps of the inner landscape from Carol Windley, and classic explorations of the ego revisted. Read more...

The Thinking Read

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

The counterintuitive history of the arms race, and the men who ran it -- largely in the dark. Read more...

Library Without Walls

Hindoo Holiday

The idiosyncratic memoir of a visit to India, by the celebrated author of My Dog Tulip. Read more...

The Speculator

Fantastical Conceits and Turbulent Souls

Paul Di Filippo on ambitious new project attempts to compile the short pieces that emerged from Roger Zelazny's prolific imagination. Read more...

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Constructed Social Scenes

The indie-rock bohemias of Toronto, New York, and Chapel Hill -- chronicled by the participants. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Behind the Laughs

Ward Sutton's Illustrated review of I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era

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Reading Romance

My Brilliant Career

Tales of literary ambitions that stand in the way of love. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Honey's Progress

A new edition of Elaine Dundy's barbed classic; English cookery considered; and more.

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The Thinking Read

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

A mind that leapt over the mysteries of physics, and a soul tormented by visions of failure. Read more...

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Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen

Considering Leonard Cohen's place in the Tower of Song. Read more...

Library Without Walls

The Pillow Book

A thousand years on, a noblewoman's gleanings from Japanese courtly life still shimmer with beauty. 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.