I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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A Song in the Dark: Julia Glass

The National Book Award‑winning writer talks about her new novel, and some old friends' return.

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Sonic Boom: Trevor Cox and 'The Sound Book'

The acoustic engineering professor on how we hear, preserving our ears, and the pursuit of aural wonders.

 

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Rose-Colored Glasses: Kostya Kennedy on 'Pete Rose: An American Dilemma'

What have we learned from the tarnished legacy of one of baseball's greatest talents?

 

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Invisible Country: Phil Klay and Bill Cheng

Two of today's best young fiction writers on soldier's stories, the Delta blues, and walking the tightrope between terror and hilarity.

 

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Everything That Lives Is Holy: Susan Minot on Thirty Girls

A true story of abduction and terror inspired the novelist to strike out in a bold new direction.

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Surrender to the Wind: Sarah Lewis on The Rise

An exploration of the nature of creativity and innovation begins from the paradox of the archer.

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Pioneer Girl: Bich Minh Nguyen

Two writers capture the legacy of  Laura Ingalls Wilder in works of memoir and fiction.

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Beneath the Surface: Jeff VanderMeer on 'Annihilation'

An intrepid fabulist on the making of his new science fiction epic.

 

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"I Love to Travel Alone": Molly Antopol and Justin St. Germain on Writing to their Environment

Two new works of personal and public history from young writers share a powerful sense of place.

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The Summit: Rebecca Mead on My Life in Middlemarch

Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.

 

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Hang-Gliding with Gary Shteyngart

The celebrated novelist turns his darkly comic gaze on his own childhood.

 

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Wave of the Future: Chang-rae Lee

The author of On Such a Full Sea shares the genesis of his new work of dystopic fiction.

 

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Centaur Style: Clive Thompson on Smarter Than You Think

The strangest thing about the explosion of new technology might be the fact that we've been here before. 

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Gene Wolfe: No Comparison

A Grandmaster of Science Fiction offers his favorite folktale, and thoughts about the roots of his work.

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My Mistake: Daniel Menaker on What "Nobody Knows"

A legendary editor unveils life inside publishing and The New Yorker.

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Across the Great Divide: John Ferling on Jefferson and Hamilton

A master historian on what a bitter feud between two Founding Fathers can teach us about our own volatile era in politics.

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Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

The creator of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller on jazz, comparing American mystery writers to Scandinavian ones, and how crime novels report from society's front lines.

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The Voice: Tracey Thorn's Pop Journey

Musician Tracey Thorn on punk rock, feminism, motherhood, the radical sound of quiet, and her new memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen.

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Stephen R. Donaldson: The Believer

The creator of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever talks about the completion of a saga more than three decades in the making.

 

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Capturing Bird: Stanley Crouch on Kansas City Lightning

To put the life of Charlie Parker into words, a writer listens to the voices of those who knew him.

 

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Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Bully Pulpit

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian on Teddy Roosevelt, Spielberg, the bravery of Progressive journalism, and what yesterday's politics can teach us about tomorrow.

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John Freeman: How to Read a Novelist

Fifty novelists open up about art, life, and the discovery of new worlds.

 

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Death of an Alchemist: Gavin Edwards on River Phoenix

A new book looks back at the life -- and premature end -- of an enigmatic actor.

 

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D. J. Taylor: The Art of Writing Revisionist History

The author of The Windsor Faction on "authorial sleight-of-hand" and putting words into the mouths of real people. 

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Jeff VanderMeer: Wonderbook

A new book for aspiring writers of fantasy puts the emphasis on the visual.

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Jesmyn Ward: Men We Reaped

The National Book Award winning author on Men We Reaped, her powerful new blend of memoir and reportage.

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Tess Taylor: Foraging Memory

Tess Taylor on making poetry out of the fragments of the American past.

 

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"Conflicts Are Magnets": James McBride

The author of The Good Lord Bird talks about John Brown, Coltrane, and writing from the uncomfortable chair.

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Elmore Leonard: In Rememberance

A 2009 dialogue with the master of dialogue, in tribute to a career of fine fiction.

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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.