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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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Library Without Walls

Elective Affinities

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

Reader's Diary

Empires on the Page

From Jerusalem to India to the realm of opera queens.

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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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Reading Romance

High Octane Love

The roar of the engines can get your heart racing.

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The Thinking Read

Sense and Sensibility

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

Reader's Diary

Revolutionary Roads

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

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).