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Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste 2020-08-07 06:00:00By comparing white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India, her new book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history, Sunil Kh

Tales Told to Tevye 2020-08-06 06:00:00David Lehman writes a flash-fiction story, “Tales Told to Tevye,” which presents three tales about Judaism and rabbis in the former Soviet

Kate Zambreno’s Present Tense 2020-08-05 06:00:00Alexandra Schwartz writes a review of Kate Zambreno’s new novel, “Drifts,” a work of autofiction that explores the difficulty of sus

Sunday Reading: Hiroshima 2020-08-02 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: John Hersey’s celebrated work, and a selection of related articles.

Tommy Orange Reads Louise Erdrich 2020-08-01 06:00:00Tommy Orange joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Years of My Birth,” by Louise Erdrich, from a 2011 issue of The New Yorker.

How Phillis Wheatley Was Recovered Through History 2020-07-30 15:55:22Elizabeth Winkler writes about Phillis Wheatley, America’s first Black poet, an African-born slave whose life and work have been viewed through

Hospice/Honeymoon 2020-07-30 06:00:00Joyce Carol Oates writes a flash-fiction story, “Hospice/Honeymoon,” about a couple trying to come to terms with a terminal diagnosis.

How “Memorial Drive” Tries to Make Sense of 2020-07-29 06:00:00Katy Waldman writes about “Memorial Drive,” a new memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, who pieces together memorie

Bryan Washington Reads “Heirlooms” 2020-07-28 06:00:00On the “Writer’s Voice” podcast, Deborah Treisman hosts the author Bryan Washington, who reads his story “Heirlooms,” f

An Elegy for the Landline in Literature 2020-07-27 13:22:21Sophie Haigney mourns the decline of the landline telephone as a device to create suspense and animate the plot in fiction; considers the use of the t

Bryan Washington on “Lowercase Love Stories” 2020-07-27 06:00:00Willing Davidson interviews the author Bryan Washington about his short story “Heirlooms,” from the August 3, 2020, issue of The New Yorke

Rethinking the Science of Skin 2020-07-27 06:00:00Brooke Jarvis on the question of what all the scrubbing, soaping, moisturizing, and deodorizing is really doing for the body’s largest organ.

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‘Mayday 1971’ is a close-up look at largest 2020-07-30 13:18:16Lawrence Roberts protested at the May 1971 anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington. Now, his comprehensive history sheds light on the influential event.

Pandemic pen pals: How Colombian libraries lift spirits 2020-07-30 10:08:32Libraries in Medellín, Colombia, help overcome pandemic-induced isolation with “Love in the Time of Coronavirus,” an anonymous lett

Will there be a third era of American 2020-07-29 17:52:00Two new books take stock of the American market, and what they find isn’t good: Monopolies control industries like meat, technology, and more.

No detail spared: ‘Warhol’ expands on the life 2020-07-29 17:26:09Biographer Blake Gopnik mines the archives of the famously self-involved, and cannily entrepreneurial, painter of soup cans and Hollywood stars.

The best audiobooks of July provide an escape 2020-07-28 17:20:01Let your summer getaway include a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, a memoir about reinvention, and two novels that offer insights on racial identity.

Jane Austen rescued her: A memoir about reading 2020-07-22 18:40:00Rachel Cohen never imagined that she would experience a stretch of time in which she only wanted to read Austen. Until it happened.

‘The Index of Self-Destructive Acts’ looks at the 2020-07-22 18:20:33Christopher Beha’s latest novel wrestles with the complexities of self-destructive urges against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis.

Q&A with with William J. Drummond, author of 2020-07-22 17:54:02Journalism professor William J. Drummond says that the incarcerated men in his class have taught him that “nobody is all good, and nobody is all

The creator of ‘Duchess Goldblatt’ finds herself – 2020-07-16 17:11:09In the memoir, “Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,” the anonymous author shares her struggles – and the online community that saved her.

Do animals have culture? According to Carl Safina, 2020-07-16 16:24:04In his latest engrossing book, ecologist Carl Safina destroys the myth that humans are the only Earth creatures with cultural traditions.

‘Magdalena’ meanders enjoyably down Colombia’s largest river 2020-07-16 15:55:25Wade Davis narrates his fascinating, beautiful, and dangerous journey down the Río Magdalena – the heart of Colombia.

Paging through pandemic: Reading gets a COVID lift 2020-07-16 15:39:00The pandemic has wreaked havoc with the plans of not just authors but also publishers and booksellers. It’s a major adjustment for the whole ind

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Pierre Klossowski, Brilliant Brother of Balthus 2020-08-08 03:00:07Balthus was everything his brother, Pierre Klossowski, was not: handsome, wealthy, and internationally regarded as one of the most important artists o

Reading Martha Stewart’s Lips 2020-08-07 03:00:09“But did Mom ruin Martha Stewart’s marriage?” Now I needed to know. After all, I’d used the line often enough at cocktail part

Buzz Buzz Buzz 2020-08-06 10:30:43Humans have spent decades trying to teach other animals our languages—sometimes for convenience or amusement, sometimes out of scientific curios

130 Degrees 2020-08-06 08:30:15The upheaval caused by Covid-19 is a harbinger of global warming. Because humans have fundamentally altered the physical workings of planet Earth, thi

Dickens in Brooklyn 2020-08-05 03:00:16When, a few weeks ago, I took down from my shelves Dickens’s Great Expectations and found the “Dear Reader” letter, I was transporte

What Tom Cotton Gets So Wrong About Slavery 2020-08-03 03:00:28None of the delegates who framed the Constitution in 1787 called slavery a “necessary evil.” Some of them called slavery an evil, but not

A Horse’s Remorse 2020-08-02 05:30:16At first it was simply zany and delightful, this series about a talking horse who’s the washed-up star of a now-forgotten 1990s hit sitcom. But

The New Nuclear Threat 2020-08-02 04:30:00The deployed nuclear arsenals of the US and Russia have been reduced by nearly 90 percent, but we are not safer today—quite the reverse. After d

Buy In 2020-08-01 06:00:32A poem

The Disease of Nature 2020-08-01 06:00:22A poem

A Few Seconds in Paris 2020-08-01 03:00:40I was twenty-eight years old and working as an engineer in Guatemala and I knew that if I wanted to be a writer I needed to go to Paris. And so I quit

Patrolling Minneapolis’s Native American History 2020-07-31 03:00:19“In so many ways, Native people are like the canary in the coal mine,” said Dr. Joe Hobot, president of the American Indian Opportunities


Whatever You're Expecting, 'Harrow The Ninth' Is Not 2020-08-06 07:00:26Whatever you expected from Tamsyn Muir's followup to her lesbian-necromancers-in-space epic Gideon the Ninth, this is not that book — it's som

With 'Star Trek: Lower Decks,' A Venerable Franchise 2020-08-06 05:00:56The animated series spoofs Trek with in-jokes and easter eggs and even if the gags aren't yet firing on all nacelles, the premise — Starfleet'

Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Explains The 'Tragedy' Of 2020-08-05 13:36:55Toobin's new book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors, examines how Trump and his team outmaneuvered special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, he says, gave

A Year After Toni Morrison's Death, Her Visions 2020-08-05 12:00:55Love is central to the work of Toni Morrison — she brought love to her examinations of Black life, and love itself was her enduring subject. But

In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions 2020-08-05 07:00:28Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, im

A Sister Explores Her Sibling's Mysterious Death In 2020-08-05 05:00:28Betsy Bonner presents her sister with love, but also with honesty; she is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, s

Reporter's Role In Exposing Hiroshima Cover-Up Explored In 2020-08-04 17:09:00NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lesley Blume about her new book, Fallout, which explores how reporter John Hersey uncovered the effects of the ato

'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored Prose With A Stinging 2020-08-04 14:28:05Raven Leilani's novel centers on a young woman with a free-range libido who dreams of being a painter. Luster is a crackling debut about sex, art and

It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 2020-08-04 13:24:51In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in

'Every Bone' Speaks In This Painful, Beautiful Debut 2020-08-04 10:00:26Ashley Blooms' novel follows ten-year-old Misty, who can speak to everything around her — even the mice in the walls answer back. But she doesn

Love Triumphs Over Death In 'The Death Of 2020-08-04 07:00:00Akwaeke Emezi's new novel begins with a death; it adopts the form — but not the spirit — of traditional crime fiction, glorying in some o

'Vivek Oji' Is Very Much Alive In This 2020-08-03 16:02:00You know what's going to happen in Akwaeke Emezi's new book — it's right there in the title: The Death of Vivek Oji. But this novel about a d

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