Deconstructed—Chris Ware’s Innovation
December 13, 2012

Building Stories is one of the most important pieces of art I have ever experienced. I also sort of want to kill myself.

The Lost Generation: The End of the Russian Aristocracy
December 12, 2012

The downfall of the Russian nobility brought about the end of Russia itself.

Among the Thugs—Britain’s Far Right
December 11, 2012

Britain's economy is depressed--so why does the government simply keep calm and carry on?

Household Words—The Complicated Domestic Life of Charles Dickens
December 07, 2012

The case of Charles Dickens is an extreme example of our desire to know all the darkest details about the lives of our great heroes

Do Epigraphs Matter?
December 06, 2012

The epigraph's most basic function is to remind us that literature is a social act.

Quiet Genius—The Work of Joseph Cornell and Jess
December 05, 2012

Younger artists may line up to get their hands on these new books, historical studies dedicated to the tidal pull of modern artistic self-absorption.

The Storyteller—Thomas Jefferson’s Political Calculations
December 04, 2012

Jon Meacham has chosen storytelling over analysis, offering up a genial but meandering narrative.

In Vogue—The Life and Times of the Fashion Editor
December 03, 2012

Two new books about Grace Coddington and Diana Vreeland have wildly different tales to tell.

Rebel Without a Cause—A Narrow Approach to the American Revolution
November 30, 2012

Phillips's insistence on the primacy of 1775 as “the pivotal year” creates more problems than it solves.

Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir
November 29, 2012

Cahalan understands her memoir as an illumination of absence more than an act of retrospection.