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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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."