The Compass of Pleasure

You might file this one under "Need to Know": as the subtitle makes perfectly clear, neuroscientist David J. Linden's learned and sprightly book explores "how our brains make fatty foods, orgasm, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning, and gambling feel so good."

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.