A Reading Life

Shakespeare in America

The Bard's lasting influence on U.S. icons during some of the nation's most pivotal moments.

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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thinking outside the box of twentieth-century office life.

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American Fun

An argument that wicked play outweighs hard work in our country's heritage.

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Before the Crash

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

 

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Falling Upwards

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

 

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The Discovery of Middle Earth

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

 

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On Paper

How a civilization built itself out of wood pulp and ink.

 

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The Art of Controversy

The former editor of The Nation provides an illustrated tour of comic provocation and satire.

 

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My American Revolution

Can the ghost of 1776 be discerned in the highway-striped landscape of a twenty-first-century nation?

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In Brief

Cruelty & Laughter

Surveying an impolite world that talked much about politeness.

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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

The eventful life—and surprising legacy—of the original movie dog.

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97 Orchard

The history of a building on Manhattan's Lower East Side yields a portrait of immigrant New York in all of its richness. Read more...

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Still Life

An author's investigation into the surprisingly long-lived world of taxidermy. Read more...