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Farrar, Straus and Giroux has long had a reputation as a preeminent literary house. Will it be able to sustain it?

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Can Americans afford a broad freedom to assume personal risk? The question is at the heart of the debate on entitlements.

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What You Can Learn from the New Science of Smarter Spending

Yes, money can make you happy

A new car or a dream vacation? The science of happiness recommends spending money on experiences rather than things, but it ignores finer distinctions.

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On the 89th anniversary of James Baldwin's birth, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on what Baldwin can and can't teach America.

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All The Sad Young Literary Men Are Jerks

‘The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.’ and the new masculinity

In the middle of last decade, amidst the publication of several novels by and about (to borrow the title of just one) sad young literary men, The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote a brilliant essay in the New York Observer hazarding a guess at just what was making all the young literary men so sad. “These writers, our boys not overseas, are friendly,” Sicha wrote.

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The first penguin paperbacks—including titles by Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, and André Maurois—were published on this day in 1935. At six pence each, they were the same price as a box of cigarettes and much cheaper than hardcovers. Mass-producing paperbacks popularized literature for a new class and fundamentally changed the printing industry. Below is a select visual history of the Penguin paperback.

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The paradox of writing about Jesus is that we can only form an idea of him from the scriptures, yet we can only evaluate the scriptures if we have an idea of what he must have been like.

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Orhan Pamuk explains the arrogance of Erdoğan, the riots in Taksim Square, and why the future of the novel lies in the East.

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An American Poet Outgrows Surrealism

The unhinged psalms of Dean Young

Dean Young is one of the most distinguished mid-career poets in America. His new book of new and selected poems shows how he has emerged from a dire medical condition to write the best poems of his life.

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