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...

The Thinking Read

A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century

Is the writing of history a science of precision, or the artful crafting of a tale? Read more...

The Thinking Read

After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405

A scholar of empire examines the many civilizations that laid claim to global dominance. Read more...


April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.