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A Reading Life

An Officer and a Spy

The author of Fatherland and Pompeii sets his time machine for the Paris of the Dreyfus Affair.

 

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Reviews & Essays

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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Reading Romance

Parting Shots

Why the most exciting moment in a romance is also the toughest.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

A whimsical protest in Russia earned three women the wrath of the government -- and a chance at heroism.

 

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A Reading Life

Flight by Elephant

A true story of escape and survival in World War II Burma is also a tale of pachyderm heroism.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Dept. of Speculation

A novel of a writer's life at a crossroads -- as seen through snapshots from the mind's eye.

 

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Reviews & Essays

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

A cordial look at our recession's slow recovery has all the answers, and the questions to boot.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Silence Once Begun

The story of a set of mysterious disappearances in Japan takes readers down a rabbit hole of deceit.

 

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Interviews

The Summit: Rebecca Mead on My Life in Middlemarch

Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.

 

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Rock & Roll &

The 2013 Dean's List

An annual, opinionated rundown of the best of a year in listening.

 

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Rock & Roll &

The Consensus Has Consequences

Our listener-in-residence on his year in music.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Before the Crash

Two new books drink in the excesses (and mornings after) of the Jazz Age.

 

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The Speculator

The Crane Wife

A novel based on a Japanese folktale traces a journey of redemptive magic, art, and love.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Orfeo

A National Book Award winner's gripping tale of a music teacher who's branded a terrorist.

 

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