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Interviews

Centaur Style: Clive Thompson on Smarter Than You Think

The strangest thing about the explosion of new technology might be the fact that we've been here before. 

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A Reading Life

Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

This history of an element's grip on human imagination -- and the  devastating consequences of that fascination.

 

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Interviews

Gene Wolfe: No Comparison

A Grandmaster of Science Fiction offers his favorite folktale, and thoughts about the roots of his work.

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The Speculator

New Vessels: A Critic's SF Picks for 2013

Thirteen works of fantasy and science fiction that register fresh visions.

 

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Reviews & Essays

Falling Upwards

As the craze for ballooning swept Europe, scientists and thrill seekers alike sought a god's-eye-view.

 

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Reading in Common

Charmers Return

An annual rundown of books as diverting as they are thought-provoking.

 

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Interviews

My Mistake: Daniel Menaker on What "Nobody Knows"

A legendary editor unveils life inside publishing and The New Yorker.

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Interviews

Across the Great Divide: John Ferling on Jefferson and Hamilton

A master historian on what a bitter feud between two Founding Fathers can teach us about our own volatile era in politics.

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Reviews & Essays

The Streak

Elmore Leonard on fire.

 

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Reviews & Essays

The Discovery of Middle Earth

How the Druids charted Europe (and the Romans took the credit).

 

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University Presses

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

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

 

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Crime and Punishment

Most Wanted: Critic's Picks for 2013

The finest heists, murders, capers, cops, robbers, and investigations from a year of great mysteries.

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Reviews & Essays

The Hunter and Other Stories

A fresh collection from the creator of Sam Spade and the Thin Man reveals a range that went beyond hard-boiled.

 

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The Speculator

Burning Paradise

In this Twilight Zone–esque novel, we really are surrounded.

 

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Interviews

Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

The creator of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller on jazz, comparing American mystery writers to Scandinavian ones, and how crime novels report from society's front lines.

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