Light Puppets

Light Puppets

In Moonstone, Icelandic author Sjón tells a story of 1918 Iceland through the longings and alienation of a sixteen-year-old orphan named Mani. Robert Minto reviews.

Read, Write, Love

Read, Write, Love

When Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri abandons English for Italian, she learns as much about herself as about her new language.

Show Queens

marymartin

Two new books – a biography of one of Broadway’s brightest stars and a memoir from one of its lesser lights – bring the world of American stage and screen vividly to life.

Single Occupancy, Lots of Sunlight, Water Included

Single Occupancy, Lots of Sunlight, Water Included

For a century, humans have been searching for any sign of extraterrestrial life, intelligent or otherwise. A new book tells the story of that quest – and keeps its geeky hope alive.

More sayable than you think

More sayable than you think

Carolin Emcke, a German social critic, continues the debate: does the holocaust demand silence? Andrew Brower Latz reviews.

Music

Music

a poem

Irritated by the Noise of Kathmandu

Irritated by the Noise of Kathmandu

The stories in debut author Alexander Weinstein’s collection portray a near-future world of intrusive personal techology – a world that every day resembles our own a bit more. Dalton Gentry reviews.

It’s a Mystery: “Fear is the parent of cruelty”

It’s a Mystery:  “Fear is the parent of cruelty”

The French countryside, the death-camp of Auschwitz, and a mansion in County Cork – a trio of new mystery-thrillers takes readers on exotic ventures in search of justice – or payback.

From the Archives: About Poems

basement

“The family got the majority of their ideas about families from black and white films. They tried to replicate every important detail exactly”

From the Archives: Hot and Cold

From the Archives: Hot and Cold

Distance is complicated: it measures intimacy, but in unpredictable ways. Rebecca Solnit’s evocative new book explores the meaning of distance and closeness.

From the Archives: Pros Take On the Cons

the-book-of-mormon-musical-flyer

A con man, an ambitious office boy, and two Mormons–it sounds like the set-up to a punch line. But is the joke on Broadway? Our theater critic examines the “why” of musicals, the limits of Harry Potter, and the perfidy of Canada.