Displaying articles for: December 2013

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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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.