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The Thinking Read

Philosophical Page-Turners

Author Charlotte Greig writes in response to A.C. Grayling's column. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Positive Harangues

Craig Finn's bar-band-made-big holds steady to its singalong roots. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Ward Sutton on Rapt

Ward Sutton's cartoon review of Winifred Gallagher's new study.

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Reading Romance

Wild Kingdom!

Modern metamorphoses transform the script of Beauty and the Beast.

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The Speculator

Dreams and Nightmares: New Comics

Four new works of graphic narrative plumb the unconscious to unearth beauty and terror.

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Reader's Diary

Monuments in Words

Revisiting the diverse legacies of John Updike, John Mortimer, and Horton Foote.

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The Thinking Read

Modernity 1.0: Keith Thomas's The Ends of Life

A new study of 17th-century English values reveals the roots of the modern world. Read more...

Drawn to Read

The Sound of Freedom

Ward Sutton's cartoon review looks at Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert.

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Rock & Roll &

Charity Cases

Two collections offer new perspectives on the fine art of the cover tune.

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Reading Romance

Cinderella Stories

The allure of the classic rags-to-romance tale has proven a lot more durable than a glass slipper.

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Reader's Diary

Empires on the Page

From Jerusalem to India to the realm of opera queens.

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Library Without Walls

Elective Affinities

Michael Dirda on Goethe's penetrating tale of four lovers at cross purposes. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Why Evolution Is True

Jerry Coyne's case for the centrality of evolutionary theory is also a wonderful introduction to the subject. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Remembrance of Seasons Past

The lure of nostalgia isn't the only thing that makes writing about baseball so tough. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Under Their Thumb

In this month's cartoon review Ward Sutton looks at Under Their Thumb, the true tale of a Brooklyn teenager's improbable trip into the inner sanctums of the Rolling Stones.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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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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.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.