The Joyful Life of the Provocateur Hitchens taught me that provocation isn’t exhausting. It’s fun.
I'll Have What He's HavingBreaking bread with Nicholson Baker, America's foremost writer of literary sex novels.
Why So Angry, Dad?Go the F**k to Sleep exposes yuppie parents' sexlessness, self-pity, and repressed rage.
Battle WearyEveryone seems to think I'm at war with the wife of a famous novelist on Twitter. I don't even use Twitter!
The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, LoveOur critics discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's blockbuster memoir.
We Are All Lisbeth SalanderThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s blend of victim and killer speaks to us.
Should Pedophiles Get Air Time?Was the New York Times wrong to run an interview with Jerry Sandusky?
The Extraordinary Syllabus of David Foster WallaceWhat his lesson plans teach us about how to live.
The Strangest Sexual SpaNicholson Baker's House of Holes takes on a culture entranced by pornography.
Tina Fey's Tough Girl FeminismThe rough humor in Fey's new book Bossypants is exactly what the movement needs.
The Best Feminist Book You've Never ReadThe new edition of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex.
Why All the Republican Party’s Presidential Candidates Believe the Same Thing Nearly every nationally prominent Republican politician owes his ideas to Barry Goldwater.
The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Transcript What’s it like to manage the U.N.’s Ebola response? Read a transcript of Adam Davidson’s conversation with the assistant secretary-general for field support.
Of Daisies and the Robot Apocalypse Legendary scientist James Lovelock contemplates humanity’s future and SimEarth.