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The Raw Nerve of Pain

A conversation with Daphne Merkin about grappling with severe depression.

Feb. 16 2017 9:03 AM“A Great German Joke Is to Say the Meanest and Most Tragic Thing Possible”A conversation with Rebecca Schuman about German humor, Kafka, and her new book Schadenfreude: A Love Story.
Feb. 12 2017 8:04 PMBenevolent ImperialismRobert D. Kaplan attempts to explain American greatness via a road trip across America.
Feb. 9 2017 10:48 AMVisionary PuppiesA new book unpacks Peter Thiel’s gambit to pay teens to skip college and incubate big ideas. If only it also unpacked Thiel himself.
Feb. 8 2017 2:43 PMA Dry SoulJ.M. Coetzee’s new novel pits reason and passion against each other. It would be a lot sexier if reason didn’t win.
Feb. 7 2017 11:23 AMThe Cost of ProgressWhat’s missing from Jonathan Chait’s new book on Obama’s legacy is what’s missing from Obama’s worldview: a sense of tragedy.
Feb. 3 2017 9:00 AM“This Is My TownHow rapacious capitalism transformed one Ohio city from the American dream to a nightmare.
Jan. 23 2017 9:03 AMRachel Cusk’s Anti-NarrativeTransit is less a novel than a kind of tone poem about what it means to physically expose oneself through writing.
Jan. 17 2017 7:45 AMNaïveté is the New RealismTom Friedman’s oracular pretensions have never felt more ridiculous than they do in his latest best-seller.
Jan. 12 2017 12:27 PMNever Grow UpThe wild, jubilant life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon.
Jan. 11 2017 1:48 PMWhy This Norwegian Novelist Should Be the Next Elena FerranteIn praise of Sigrid Undset’s bewitching female-driven trilogy.
Jan. 10 2017 7:30 AMYou Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go BrokeWhy is it so hard for writers to talk candidly about how much money they make?
Jan. 9 2017 9:30 AMSome Boys Rise, Some Boys FallA Mumbai father dreams of cricket superstardom for his two sons in Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day.
Jan. 5 2017 3:32 PMShould Simon & Schuster Be Publishing Alt-Right Hatemonger Milo Yiannopoulos’ Book?A debate.
Dec. 9 2016 7:17 AMThe 10 Best Audiobooks of 2016Kind voices in your ears during a year of shouting.
Dec. 8 2016 12:13 PM“Inexplicable, Terrible, and Capricious”A history of scurvy, the mysterious disease that haunted the age of exploration.
Feb. 15 2017 4:49 PMThe Misunderstood Ghost of James BaldwinHow critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.
Feb. 10 2017 4:20 PMThe Abominable Mr. SeabrookThe story of one of the most fascinating, outrageous humans ever to live was lost to history. Until Joe Ollmann decided to draw it.
Feb. 8 2017 4:45 PMGhost in the MachineA Washington ghostwriter gets caught in the Clinton scandal complex.
Feb. 7 2017 6:49 PMOur Minds Are IntricateKathleen Collins’ remarkable stories feel like peeking through a keyhole at the inner lives of black women in another era.
Feb. 6 2017 9:40 AMThe Beautiful WorldGeorge Saunders’ first novel is lovely, moving, and fundamentally the wrong book for this moment in history.
Jan. 25 2017 9:30 AMAge of AngerWhat America’s violent transition to modernity has in common with the rise of Islamic extremism.
Jan. 17 2017 9:30 AMLetters to a Young MuslimI grew up as a devout Muslim, and these essays about the dangers of radicalism hit very close to home.
Jan. 13 2017 11:38 AMA Woman Looking at A Woman Looking at Men Looking at WomenSiri Hustvedt’s preening essays take their author’s own brilliance as their main subject.
Jan. 12 2017 9:15 AMMind of the OppressedAdapted as a comic book, Octavia Butler’s Kindred is an even more powerful statement on black Americans’ relationship with history.
Jan. 10 2017 9:49 AMThe Novel as Math ProblemAs a formal exercise, Paul Auster’s 4321 is impeccable. As a story, it’s curiously cold.
Jan. 9 2017 3:36 PMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, and Carol Tyler.
Jan. 9 2017 7:15 AMCannibalismThis history of species eating their own kind is so captivating that you’ll want to devour it with a nice Chianti.
Dec. 20 2016 9:45 AMThe Gerund That Tore a Literary Friendship ApartThe sad, silly tale of Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson’s Feud.
Dec. 8 2016 12:49 PMIdiot EmperorThis oral history of The Daily Show was clearly intended to land in a very different political landscape. But it’s still eerily relevant now.
Dec. 8 2016 10:23 AMLost in TranslationAn American tries to connect in rural Japan in the conclusion of Lars Martinson’s ambitious, beautiful Tonoharu trilogy.

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