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Library Without Walls

An Iranian Classic

Michael Dirda ventures into the phantasmagoric world of Sadegh Hedayat's The Blind Owl. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Life, Inc.

In an illustrated review, Ward Sutton ponders the brand-bound destiny depicted in Douglas Rushkoff's Life, Inc.

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Rock & Roll &

Forty Years of History, Thirty Seconds of Joy

Politics and transcendence in the art of the Congolese soukous. Read more...

Reading Romance

Foreign Affairs

In this month's column, tales of love in which cultures clash -- but a richer harmony is the result.

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Library Without Walls

After the Barbarians: From Gibbon to Auden

How classical scholars have redefined and rediscovered the fascinations of "Late Antiquity." Read more...

Reader's Diary

Pharma Nation

Pharmaceutical malfeasance, media madness, and more.

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The Thinking Read

Fixing My Gaze

A. C. Grayling on a neuroscientist's attempt to "rewire her own brain." Read more...

Drawn to Read

The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

Ward Sutton's cartoon review finds the groove in Robert Boswell's The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards.

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Character References

Unearthing the buried pleasures of Serengeti's satirical creations. Read more...

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...

Drawn to Read

Ward Sutton on Rapt

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

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Rock & Roll &

Positive Harangues

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

Reading Romance

Wild Kingdom!

Modern metamorphoses transform the script of Beauty and the Beast.

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July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).