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The Speculator

All Those Vanished Engines

An iconoclast's tale of timelines in flux proves one for the ages.

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Reviews & Essays

Agostino

A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer's least conventional beach read.

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Rock & Roll &

Anti-Rockism's Hall of Fame

A transatlantic view of pop music's cultural triumph.

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Reviews & Essays

Green Girl

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

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Reviews & Essays

Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Reviews & Essays

Arts & Entertainments

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

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Reviews & Essays

The Mad and the Bad

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

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A Reading Life

The Most Dangerous Book

How the novel often called the greatest of all time nearly failed to see the light of day.

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Reviews & Essays

Indonesia, Etc.

A tour through the world's most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

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Reviews & Essays

Alice Paul: Claiming Power

The courageous life and times of a women's suffrage heroine.

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Reviews & Essays

More Curious

Why the ghost of Dostoyevsky haunts the desert city of Marfa, Texas.

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Reviews & Essays

Cataract City

A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock 'n' roll.

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Crime and Punishment

The Silkworm

Under pseudonym, J. K. Rowling returns for a second case taken up by her war vet-turned-sleuth Cormoran Strike.

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Interviews

The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

Snapping photos, finding Nigeria, and learning to write romance with the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.

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Interviews

True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

From Mel Brooks to the writers of The Onion, a host of comedy scribes talk about the tricks of their trade.

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