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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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Reading Romance

High Octane Love

The roar of the engines can get your heart racing.

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Reader's Diary

Revolutionary Roads

Portraits of suburban despair, an apostle of love, and a disciple of anarchy. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Sense and Sensibility

Philosopher A.C. Grayling debuts his new column The Thinking Read. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Lily Allen: The Same Everygirl After All

The brash singer's sophmore effort revels in wit over drama. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Revolution, and the Birth of America

The exuberantly inventive career of an Enlightenment genius. Read more...

Drawn to Read

The Women

In the debut of a new feature, Ward Sutton looks at The Women, T.C. Boyle's novel on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Reading Romance

Reading Romance: Practical Magic

Setting supernatural gifts to the tasks at hand. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: The Culture Watch

From gallery to museum, music history to musical performance. Plus, striking new fiction. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Bohemias Lost & Found

Does it take a Village to make a Bohemia? Read more...

Reading Romance

Reading Romance: Loving a Barbarian

The erotic intrigue in social mismatch.

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Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: Warriors, Holy and Otherwise

Portraits of evangelical collegians, Napoleon and his marshals, American ruins, and more. Read more...

Library Without Walls

Lud-in-the-Mist

Michael Dirda revisits a classic fantasy that unlocks the disturbing possibilities of fairyland. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

The List and the Listener

The Dean of Rock Critics dives into the pages of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Read more...

Reader's Diary

The Year in Reading: A Conversation (Part One)

Six passionate readers on a year's worth of books and ideas. Read more...

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.