The Immaterial

French social philosopher Gorz, idealogue of innovative leftist thought, pins our current economic woes solely on our misunderstanding of the radical transformations engendered by "the knowledge economy." Proposing an overhaul of copyright and patent law to encourage creative cooperation, Gorz proves himself a utopian to the end—and a lyrical, inspiring one.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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