In a Land Before iTunes
August 20, 2015

How the phonograph helped create a world revolution.

A Leadership Bible to Soothe Scared Elites
August 19, 2015

An English professor at West Point collects writings by Ovid and Joan Didion in a new book—but reflects a traditional view of authority.

Pulitzer-Winner Adam Johnson Delivers Tales of Trauma and Redemption
August 19, 2015

Fortune Smiles, Adam Johnson's new short story collection, explores similar themes as The Orphan Master's Son.

What If Stalin Had Computers?
August 18, 2015

A new book by a BBC economics editor contemplates the end of capitalism: It's a nice story, but not a great plan. 

Donald Trump, Epic Hero
August 17, 2015

The candidate's boasts and insults might seem juvenile, but his special way with words has a noble ancestry.

Modern Magdalenes
August 13, 2015

A searing look at life on the street.

Love at the Methadone Clinic
August 13, 2015

Lucia Berlin's stories defy our expectations for “grim” working-class fiction.

Music From a Farther Room
August 10, 2015

Celebrating 100 years of “Prufrock.”

The Military Is Making You Fat
August 10, 2015

Why we're all eating high-energy foods made for soldiers.

Vacations with Marilyn, Dinner with Picasso
August 06, 2015

The man who published Einstein and Sartre publishes his first book, a memoir of a life lived entirely in letters.