The Viral Storm

Swine flu. Bird flu. SARS. Influenza and even ebola. Nathan Wolfe, globe-trotting Stanford biologist, surveys the modern pandemic landscape, offering grim lessons on mankind's relationship with the various microbes that routinely threaten civilization itself. But while the ease of international travel and interconectivity of global culture makes our species particularly vulnerable, Wolfe also holds out promise of new countermeasures that can protect us.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…

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