• PHILOSOPHY

Why Does the World Exist?

Wrestling with the eternal quandary at the heart of the universe.

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  • PHILOSOPHY

Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?

Leonard Koren offers a uniquely personal take on the question of what defines the beautiful.

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Fate, Time, and Language

An early work of bold philosophical inquiry by the celebrated novelist sheds light on a literary mind in the making.

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The Moral Landscape

A prominent "new atheist" argues reveal that morality falls well within the area of inquiry that is governed by science.

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The Second Sex

A new translation of the groundbreaking book that asked women to rethink everything they'd been taught.

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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.