Books

The Year's Best Books for Understanding Our Complicated World
December 30, 2014

A look at the best books published on global topics this past year.

How The World Fell in Love with America
December 22, 2014

Is America just a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"?

Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?
December 22, 2014

The incompleteness of a certain kind of aesthetic object can inspire additional devotion.

The Allure of Ugliness
December 17, 2014

It's been 150 years since Jane Eyre was published, but we still like our female protagonists pretty.

Stephen Colbert Is One of Pop Culture's Best Literary Boosters
December 17, 2014

Stephen Colbert's best author interviews.

How Flaubert Changed Literature Forever
December 12, 2014

"Flaubert gave birth to Nabokov on one side and to Hemingway on the other."

The Man Behind the Most Infamous Cartoon of All Time
December 09, 2014

Danish editor Flemming Rose did not know he was going to incite a world debate when he commissioned a now-infamous cartoon of Mohammed. But he stands by it. 

Do the Roots of the Cold War Alliance Lie in Weimar Germany?
December 08, 2014

Turning a well-known metaphor on its head

An Innovative Exploration of Death in Fiction
December 01, 2014

A German novel comes to American shores. 

The Surprisingly Erotic Poetry of Bertolt Brecht
November 23, 2014

Brecht is irresistible in Love Poems, like some disaffected offspring of Petrarch and Catullus reared by the Earl of Rochester.

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