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The Ghosts of Wrath

On the seventy-fifth anniversary of  John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a celebration of the author's revolutionary belief in familial loyalty and America's disenfranchised poor.

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The Little Prince at Seventy

Can a symbol of innocence grow up with its readers?

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End Times

Cruelty and consolation in the last days of the Roman Empire.

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Tacitus and Tiberius

Ancient wisdom regarding corrupt rulers and Roman virtue.

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The Other Socrates

The founder of philosophy is usually seen through Plato's eyes.   But Socrates had other interpreters, too.

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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.