The Thinking Read

Ark of the Liberties

Can America still claim to be a leader in the cause of freedom? Read more...

Reading Romance

Some Like It Scots

Is it all about the kilt?

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: July 2008

Brooke Allen on Charles Strouse?s Broadway memories, and more. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

A look at two of the most influential progeny of Britain?s imperial culture, and how they shaped a century. Read more...

Reading Romance

Lions and Tigers and...Heroes? Oh My!

Eloisa James on romantic fantasies with teeth -- and claws. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

An analysis of the global power struggles to come. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Man Who Loved China

A life of the man who unveiled a great culture?s learning to the West. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: First Impressions

This month, Brooke Allen looks at debut novels and historic introductions. Read more...

The Speculator

Ballard's Legacy

The titanic influence -- and critical neglect -- of the iconoclastic writer J.G. Ballard, who died on April 19. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader?s Diary

Brooke Allen looks at kid-lit gatekeepers and more.

Reading Romance

Kisses and Killers

This month, Eloisa James explores the unstable chemistry between crime and passion. Read more...

Library Without Walls

The Life of Henry Brulard

Michael Dirda on Stendhal's memoir of his childhood -- unpublishable in the author?s lifetime. Read more...

Reading Romance

Men in Black (or Not)

The perennial appeal of the "anti-duke."

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary

Brooke Allen on Alan Bennett's intellectual comedy, Andrea di Robilant's portrait of the passing of Venetian grandeur, and more. Read more...

The Speculator

Stellar Operations

Paul DiFilippo looks at four science-fiction sagas that look to revive the genre's epic pleasures. Read more...


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.