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June 30 2010

James Wood: Shallow Graves

The novels of Paul Auster.

June 29 2010

Meghan O’Rourke: Good Grief

Is there a better way to be bereaved?

June 23 2010

John Lahr: Master of Revels

Neil Simon’s comic empire.

June 21 2010

Bill Bryson: The secret life of your home

Ever wondered why forks have four prongs? Or why we choose salt and pepper over other spices?

Adam Gopnik: What did Jesus do?

Reading and unreading the Gospels.

June 14 2010

Fowler and Trachtenberg: Vanity' Press Goes Digital

Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books. Now Ms. McQuestion has sold 36,000 e-books through Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-bookstore and has a film option with a Hollywoo

June 13 2010

Laura Miller: Fresh Hell

What’s behind the boom in dystopian fiction for young readers?

May 11 2010

C. Max Magee: The Millions - Confessions of a Book Pirate

Perhaps if readers were more confident that the majority of the money went to the author, people would feel more guilty about depriving the author of payment.

May 10 2010

Jane Mayer: Counterfactual

A curious history of the C.I.A.’s secret interrogation program.

May 05 2010

Ken Auletta: Publish or Perish

Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?

April 13 2010

John Jurgensen: Hollywood's Favorite Cowboy

Author Cormac McCarthy, 76, talked about love, religion, his 11-year-old son, the end of the world and the movie based on his novel 'The Road.' He was just getting going.

February 01 2010

January 03 2010

Doctorow's Project: With a Little Help

Cory Doctorow kicks off a unique publishing experiment.

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert: An open letter to Steve Levitt

May I suggest that if you should happen to need some friendly help next time you take on the topic of climate change, or would like to have a chat about why aerosol geoengineering might not be a cure-all, or just need a critical but informed opponent to b

December 11 2009

James Bamford: Who's in Big Brother's Database?

Roughly equal to about a septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text, numbers beyond Yottabytes haven't yet been named.

John Lanchester: Bond in Torment

The in-flight consumption is in line with Bond’s general boozing level, established during a medical he undergoes in one of the books as half a bottle of spirits a day. He also smokes between sixty and seventy cigarettes, so I ask again, how pickled do

November 22 2009

Jill Lepore: Rap Sheet

The American homicide rate is twice that of any other affluent democracy.
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