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Julian Hawthorne: The Life of a Prodigal Son

The dissolute -- and fascinating -- life of a literary icon's child.

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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.

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The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

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