This Drifty State of Being

This Drifty State of Being

Two Idiots: Dostoevsky’s classic and the new novel by Elif Batuman. What, if anything, do they have in common, and what do their differences say about each author’s attitude toward fiction?

Lèse-Majesté

Lèse-Majesté

“A Year with the Tudors II” continues with a comprehensive new biography of King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, the flighty teenager Catherine Howard.

Protein is Protein

Protein is Protein

If you’re a frog in a pond or hamster in a cage or a lion in lean times, what’s your easiest source of a nice quick meal? A new book explores the science of a human taboo.

The Mother of Woman

The Mother of Woman

Zadie Smith’s latest novel returns her to the familiar subject of multicultural London–but this time her dance moves are new and her mood seems darker.

Memory Problems

Memory Problems

Zachary Mason’s visionary new novel set in a bleak future features a villainous artificial intelligence intent on stealing memories from the people most intent on keeping them.

Dancing Through the Depression

Dancing Through the Depression

Depression-era Montreal is the setting for Heather O’Neill’s much-lauded novel, which follows the lives of two orphans, a piano prodigy and a superb dancer.

Pepys & Co.

Pepys & Co.

In his latest installment of the Time Traveler’s Guide series, Ian Mortimer bids farewell to the last traces of the medieval world and embraces the coming tide of modernity.

It’s a Mystery: “Loyalty is a distorting mirror”

It’s a Mystery:  “Loyalty is a distorting mirror”

One new mystery takes place in a picturesque little English village, the other on an island in the Venetian lagoon – but there are murders in both places, and sleuths to solve them.

From the Archives: The Prince of the Powers of the Air

From the Archives: The Prince of the Powers of the Air

Anthony Burgess is famous, but not for his best book. John Cotter sees your A Clockwork Orange and raises you the new Europa edition of Earthly Powers.

From the Archives: Real Full Rich Rank

From the Archives: Real Full Rich Rank

Respectable novelists are solemn, meditative, and deliberate–they certainly don’t churn out book reviews every week. Anthony Burgess smashed that fussy mold and left us a lifetime’s work of brilliant, omnivorous literary journalism.

From the Archives: A Great and Sustaining Mystery

From the Archives: A Great and Sustaining Mystery

Anthony Burgess the novelist had dreams of being a composer. He had little success, but along the way he delved deep into the nature and meaning of music.

From the Archives: Entitled to Extravagance

From the Archives: Entitled to Extravagance

Some of Anthony Burgess’ most accomplished inventions roam into the past, to Shakespeare and Marlowe’s England and Jesus’ Judea. How well has his historical fiction stood up across the years?