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Reading Romance

When Love Crosses the Tracks

The barriers between rich and poor can put a chill on romance -- or urge it to leap overtop.

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Reader's Diary

What Went Right?

The author's road to Damascus yields some unexpected delights.

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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...

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."