The Hall of Uselessness

Writer and sinologist Simon Leys’ timely essay collection tackles pertinent issues in the era of globalization – namely, the future of Belgium, the Cambodian genocide, and the far-reaching impact of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

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…