Oct. 7 2016 5:45 AMThe Funniest Living Writers Choose the Funniest Books in the WorldWe asked more than 30 writers for the books that make them laugh. They had a lot to say.
Oct. 6 2016 9:30 AMReady for the EndWorks of prepper fiction reveal a dark truth about American virtues.
Oct. 5 2016 11:21 AM“I’m Glad That I Don’t Have to Figure Out the Meaning of Life”A conversation with Max Ritvo.
Oct. 5 2016 11:02 AMThe Intimacy of a StabbingHow artist Na Kim figured out how to convey the spirit of the novel Cannibals in Love in her powerful cover design.
Oct. 4 2016 1:30 PMLingwe UniversaliaEsperanto may have failed to change the world, but it’s succeeded in transforming its speakers.
Sept. 27 2016 11:07 AMBruce Springsteen’s Brilliant DisguiseThe Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.
Sept. 12 2016 5:25 PMIntroducing Borges’ FiccionesOur next selection for A Year of Great Books is both metaphysical and pulpy.
Sept. 9 2016 9:37 AMThe Death FakersA lively new book investigates the siren call—and annoying logistics—of death fraud.
Sept. 8 2016 11:00 AMWandering Pathways, Scrabbling ClawsStephen Burt on a geekily magnificent Florida poem by Allan Peterson.
Sept. 8 2016 9:44 AMIn Praise of Reader ReviewsA book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads.
Sept. 7 2016 9:15 AMClose to HomeAnn Patchett on her new novel, writing from life, and her extremely chill family.
Sept. 6 2016 10:15 AMAmerica’s First Civil WarAlan Taylor’s new history poses the revolution as a battle inside America as well as for its liberty.
Sept. 1 2016 11:59 AMWhat Should We Read Next?Help us choose the next book in a Year of Great Books.
Aug. 17 2016 11:22 AMWhat’s It Like to Be an Audiobook Narrator?Simon Vance talks to Year of Great Books about narrating female characters, why he uses accents, and the many voices of Barchester Towers.
July 28 2016 6:04 PMTrollope’s TriumphHow Barchester Towers makes ecclesiastical politics fun.
Oct. 6 2016 10:57 AMWhen a Time-Traveling Space Hero Gets Lost, Who Takes Care of Him?John Martz’s touching comic Burt’s Way Home.
Oct. 5 2016 12:10 PMEerie and CheeryShirley Jackson was dismissed because she was a housewife. Then she was dismissed because she wrote supernatural tales. Don’t dismiss her.
Oct. 5 2016 11:10 AM“A Terrible Propensity for Malice”An account of a juicy British scandal is also a history of the persecution of gay men in 1960s Britain.
Oct. 4 2016 3:20 PMCuriosity in the Face of ImmensityDavid Macaulay has spent more than three decades explaining the way things work.
Oct. 2 2016 8:31 PMNow and ThenHow the idea of time travel entered the cultural imagination.
Sept. 14 2016 7:00 AMHow to Play Your Way to a Fun LifeJust don’t expect to enjoy everything all the time, says Ian Bogost in his new book, Play Anything.
Sept. 9 2016 12:03 PMThe Life’s Journey of the Phone-Sex OperatorA witty and sexy comic about a woman trying to figure out her life.
Sept. 9 2016 7:13 AMVirtual GraveIn Lara Vapnyar’s Still Here, startups are the new false land of opportunity for immigrants.
Sept. 8 2016 10:58 AMMy Brilliant MomNadja Spiegelman’s memoir about four generations of charged mother-daughter relationships.
Sept. 8 2016 6:00 AMDiary of a Binge-WatcherIn the ’80s, Clive James said TV would never be more than “mediocre.” Then, devouring endless hours of television changed his mind.
Sept. 7 2016 5:30 AMGirl, ManterruptedWhat’s the role of cutesy workplace feminism, full of slang like himitator and bropriator, amid the deeply un-cute sexism of Ailes and his ilk?
Sept. 6 2016 5:45 AMNothing Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer’s new novel is most powerful when it doesn’t try to reach easy conclusions.
Aug. 23 2016 12:09 PMTrollope’s Worthless Young MenThe Victorian novelist brilliantly captured the dithering of twentysomethings in love.
Aug. 10 2016 5:30 AMPracticing Art With Liberty and JoyHow does an ironist write about slavery? Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.
July 28 2016 10:31 AMComradesJeffrey Toobin tells the story of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army.