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Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen

Considering Leonard Cohen's place in the Tower of Song. Read more...

Library Without Walls

The Pillow Book

A thousand years on, a noblewoman's gleanings from Japanese courtly life still shimmer with beauty. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Inherent Vice

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Pynchon's trip into detective fiction.

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The Speculator

Aging Chrome: Cyberpunks in 2009

These trailblazers of the cyberpunk frontier haven't concluded their explorations. Read more...

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Alpha Allure

Why we're still obsessed with The Leader of the Pack.

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The Thinking Read

The Philosophical Baby

A new book by Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Vision Quests

Visionary conversations with artists David Hockney and Robert Irwin, plus Francis Bacon's messy studio.

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An Iranian Classic

Michael Dirda ventures into the phantasmagoric world of Sadegh Hedayat's The Blind Owl. Read more...

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Forty Years of History, Thirty Seconds of Joy

Politics and transcendence in the art of the Congolese soukous. Read more...

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Life, Inc.

In an illustrated review, Ward Sutton ponders the brand-bound destiny depicted in Douglas Rushkoff's Life, Inc.

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Reading Romance

Foreign Affairs

In this month's column, tales of love in which cultures clash -- but a richer harmony is the result.

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After the Barbarians: From Gibbon to Auden

How classical scholars have redefined and rediscovered the fascinations of "Late Antiquity." Read more...

Reader's Diary

Pharma Nation

Pharmaceutical malfeasance, media madness, and more.

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The Thinking Read

Fixing My Gaze

A. C. Grayling on a neuroscientist's attempt to "rewire her own brain." Read more...

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Character References

Unearthing the buried pleasures of Serengeti's satirical creations. Read more...

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