The Insufferable Gaucho

If you've been meaning to read the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, but have been daunted by the ambitions of his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666, let me recommend this collection of seven playful prose pieces—stories, essays, and some writing falling in between—as a perfect invitation to his intriguing and marvelously idiosyncratic work.

July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

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