Deadly Powers

Once upon a time, humanity stood naked and armed with only a stick against a world raging with vicious predators. Paul A. Trout theorizes with elegant persuasiveness that this long night of falling prey was instrumental in the genesis of our folklore and fears. Building on Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth, Trout teases out the evolutionary wiring of our narratives about monsters, from the many-headed Hydra to the ferocious Griffin.

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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