Zoo Time

Trust the witty Howard Jacobson to transcend any melancholy or self-pity about the condition of his stymied novelist hero, whose talents these days are more directed at conducting  shocking relationships than at putting words to paper. But this rambunctious comedy asserts that while our basest desires are eternal, maybe our noblest ones are, too.

 

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.

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