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“No Child Has Ever Been Harmed by Music”

John Darnielle’s novel digs into an artist’s unspoken fears and doubts about his fans.

Sept. 23 2014 7:14 AMFighting the Sophomore Slump, Five Novels at a TimeAnnouncing the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Sept. 12 2014 7:43 AMRelax, ParentsYour teenager probably doesn’t even know what a sex bracelet is.
Sept. 11 2014 3:40 PMIn Search of TransparencyThe Irish author Eimear McBride’s breathtaking debut novel A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.
Sept. 11 2014 12:44 PMYou Had to Be ThereWhat we can learn from things that used to be funny.
Sept. 10 2014 12:56 PMSecret ChordsThe brilliance—and the blind spots—of one of the world’s great rock critics.
Sept. 10 2014 10:43 AMDotted LinesRainey Royal portrays the real complexity of teenage sexuality.
Sept. 9 2014 9:30 AMAll You Need Is NevThe Catfish host wrote a book. It’s everything I hoped it would be.
Sept. 8 2014 11:30 AMA Counter-MelodyElena Ferrante’s brilliant, riveting novels about female friendship.
Sept. 2 2014 2:20 PMCloudy AtlasDavid Mitchell’s portentous new book is no fun.
Aug. 8 2014 11:57 AMThe Cabinet of MarvelsThe deep truths and irreducible weirdness of fairy tales.
Aug. 7 2014 12:43 PMThe LackWhat are the costs of our perpetual state of connection?
Aug. 7 2014 10:20 AMOn Lena Finkle’s Magic BarrelA cartoon review.
Aug. 6 2014 3:10 PMThe End of the Suburban NovelIn Friendswood, René Steinke tries to reimagine a familiar story.
Aug. 6 2014 8:56 AMThe Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
Aug. 5 2014 10:59 AMStrongest Possible EndorsementA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation. 
Sept. 12 2014 2:45 PMThe Character Loses Battles, but the Writer’s Won the War Caitlin Moran is all grown up. Can her autobiographical novel about an unformed girl overcome that?
Sept. 11 2014 4:18 PMAll That GlittersDaphne Merkin writes seductively about the brilliant surface of our surface-infatuated age.
Sept. 11 2014 1:50 PMLost Souls Wandering to Their DoomThe gorgeous ghost stories of Emily Carroll.
Sept. 10 2014 2:10 PMLongings and DesiresAnother masterpiece of love, lust, and suspense from Sarah Waters.
Sept. 10 2014 11:08 AMThe AbracadabrapolisJoseph O’Neill’s new novel is about a nameless expat in Dubai.
Sept. 9 2014 10:30 AMLes Mots JustesWhy is learning French so terrifying?
Sept. 8 2014 12:35 PMThe Illusions of ControlJeff VanderMeer’s extraordinary Southern Reach Trilogy.
Sept. 8 2014 8:30 AMInterested in the OctopusesBen Lerner’s great novel 10:04 directs our attention toward the little things while slyly addressing the big ones.
Aug. 8 2014 12:14 PMBig Gay PalsThe troubles and triumphs of fat gay men.
Aug. 8 2014 7:11 AMDeath by InchesThe battle over the metric system in America.
Aug. 7 2014 11:52 AMBlindsidedDesigning a book cover for a collection of short stories about characters caught by surprise.
Aug. 7 2014 7:49 AMRacial DysphoriaJess Row’s novel explores a world where racial reassignment surgery is becoming commonplace.
Aug. 6 2014 12:11 PMScratch MarksThe beauty of a comic book drawn only in pencil.
Aug. 5 2014 11:55 AMThe SimplifierThe third volume of Rick Perlstein’s history of modern conservatives chronicles the rise of Reagan.
Aug. 5 2014 7:59 AMThe HorrorA splendid historical novel turns into something very different 100 pages in. But don’t stop reading!

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