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George Saunders: The Kind Side

The award-winning author on Zen monks, the man in Anton Chekhov's closet, and the commencement address that became his new book, Congratulations, by the way.

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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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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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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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Salvation in the Mail: Katherine A. Powers on J. F. Powers

The novelist's life was spent focused on the ideal of the next one.

 

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Silent Epidemic: An Interview with Katherine Bouton

The author of Shouting Won't Help on hearing loss, the arts, and the causes of our increasingly louder world.

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The Tavern as Tabernacle: Rosie Schaap on Drinking with Men

The memoirist talks about the bar as solace, sanctuary -- and second home.

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Yoram Kaniuk: "I Write Upside Down"

The iconic Israeli writer talks about his memoir of the War of Independence and his late-in-life literary celebrity.

 

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Robert A. Caro: "What can a president be? What can a president do?"

The author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson on his writing process, the challanges historians face, and how his subject acheived the full potential of the presidency.

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'Sunny Jim' or 'Herr Satan': Gordon Bowker on James Joyce

How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.

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"The Past is a Negotiation": Jeanette Winterson

The author of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? talks about the consequences of "spiritual damage."

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"The Shock of his Bad Behavior": Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens

The author of Charles Dickens: A Life on what happens "when you live with Dickens for years."

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Evan Hughes on Literary Brooklyn

A time-traveling journey through an urban landscape and the writers it's sustained.

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.