Critical Mass

James Wolcott collects the best of his captivating essays from his earliest days at The Village Voice to his monthly column in Vanity Fair, still essential reading each month for its "Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs".

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.