Books

Doris Lessing's First Sci-Fi Book Reads Like a Debut Novel
October 13, 1979
November 18, 2013

Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any game playing in the sense of one-upping, faking, posturing.

When Religion Had a Mind
The history of philosophical religion
November 16, 2013

All religions have one thing in common: philosophy.

Someone Not Named P.G. Wodehouse Has Just Written a New Bertie and Jeeves Novel
November 13, 2013

Someone not named P.G. Wodehouse has just written a new Bertie and Jeeves novel, and Wodehouse fans should worry.

Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Middle Ages?
November 12, 2013

It is time, at long last, for me to admit publicly a dark secret that has haunted me since adolescence. In high school, I worked at a Renaissance Faire.

In 1971, a Genocide Took Place. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger Did Nothing. Intentionally.
The lost history of one of our lowest moments
November 09, 2013

A new look at the lost history of one of America's lowest moments

Daniel Alarcón's Haunting Political Fiction
The case for South America's continued importance
November 09, 2013

The Peruvian-born novelist Daniel Alarcón has become one of the most important modern voices for the countries south of the border.

Giacomo Leopardi's "Zibaldone," the Least Known Masterpiece of European Literature
November 08, 2013

The Italian classic that is the least known masterpiece of European Literature

What Jane Austen Would Have Thought About the Kardashians
Pretension remains the greatest social crime—and authenticity the greatest virtue.
November 08, 2013

She loved authenticity, chided pretension, and may well have loved them.

The Pivotal, Behind-the-Scenes Story of How the "Game Change" Guys Get Sources to Talk
November 08, 2013

Looking back, the interview on January 30, 2009 would prove to be a game-changer for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

Albert Camus Thought That Life Is Meaningless
April 26, 1946: Nicola Chiaramonte Reviews 'The Stranger'
November 07, 2013

Albert Camus was born on this day in 1913.

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