The Marvelous Order of the City

Jane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.

Oct. 18 2016 10:47 AMCan I Train My Cat to Be Less Annoying?Maybe.
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.
Oct. 7 2016 11:43 AMLonely HuntersEmily Witt’s Future Sex irresistibly explores the mournfulness and hopefulness of singledom today.
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.