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.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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