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Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

Do we underrate the value of faithfulness?

 

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Living in Parallel

Reading Brian Greene, Dezső Kosztolányi, and Henry James—and discovering the quandaries of the infinite.

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The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

An unlikely guide to getting ahead in business, from the verbally inventive author of A Void.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

A stimulating and wide-ranging investigation of the genesis of innovation, by a culturally omnivorous reader and thinker (you'll learn a lot).

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The Honor Code

A philosopher argues for honor as a key moral concept—and as the catalyst for moral revolutions.

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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.