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The Invention of News

The world before (and after) headlines.

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Maimonides: Life and Thought

Understanding the sometimes perplexing Jewish philosopher.

 

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Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

Rules for readers in an era when distraction is de rigueur.

 

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Thank You, Anarchy

What did the Occupy Wall Street movement mean to the activists who drove it?

 

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God Bless America

How Irving Berlin's patriotic tune became a shadow national anthem.

 

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Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941–1985

The correspondence of the author of Invisible Cities shows a writer working at the heart of the European literary world.

 

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Spartacus

Gladiator, rebel, Hollywood symbol: is there a real figure buried beneath the myth?

 

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The Dune's Twisted Edge

Using Middle Eastern poetry to form an eclectic map of the region.

 

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Why Tolerate Religion?

A legal scholar examines the way governments treat faith.

 

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Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

Why did Syria's ruling regime turn from liberalization to a violent crackdown?

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Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

How an intellectually highflown play about dialect and class in England became a legendary Broadway musical.

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The Eighteen-Day Running Mate

How not to choose a vice presidential nominee.

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The Candidate

A political guru outlines the principles that guide the presidential hopefuls.

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Vita Nova

A new translation of Dante's early chronicle of passionate inspiration.

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Petrarch: Sonnets and Shorter Poems

A new translation of the poet's "Songbook" eschews florid language in favor of inventive ideas.

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The Paradox of Love

Are the French really better at l'amour?

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The Primate Mind

Do chimps experience empathy? And if they do, what does it mean to be human?

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Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books

The tangible value of the book, in the eyes of a diverse collection of writers.

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Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab

Behind the wheel in the Windy City.

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In the Words of E. B. White

Plainspoken wisdom from the author of Charlotte's Web.

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About the Columnist
Adam Kirsch is a senior editor at The New Republic and a columnist for Nextbook.org. He is the author of Why Trilling Matters, Benjamin Disraeli and The Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.