How did Donald Trump, a vacuous, bigoted sociopath, get this close to the White House? He did it by being himself.
Ian McEwan’s latest novel has an ingenious premise–but does it deliver on its promise? Rohan Maitzen reviews Nutshell.
An old book by a monk may be the best thing ever written about the practice of thinking. Robert Minto revisits The Intellectual Life.
A fascinating book explores the relationship between necessity and love in military knitting across the ages.
Fantasy author Rjurik Davidson returns with the second novel of minotaurs, magic, and political unrest. Justin Hickey reviews The Stars Askew.
John Kaag’s memoir of personal engagement with American philosophy demonstrates its ongoing vitality. Kenyon Gradert reviews.
The serial killer who stalked the streets of London in 1888 and became immortal under the name Jack the Ripper is the subject of a sumptuous new collection of fact and fiction.
The NYRB Classics reprints three seminal novels by the elusive author who wrote under the pen name Henry Green. Jack Hanson reviews.
What has not already been written about Virginia Woolf? A new critical biography offers ideas about how to read both her work and her life.
A new novel about a notorious Viennese clinic aims to do justice to the lives of those the Nazis declared were utterly without value.
This month’s pairing: Carol O’Connell’s beloved star detective returns, and spy-novel master John Le Carre writes raconteur’s memoir about travel and writing.
Olivia Laing’s digressive natural history of the 42-mile-long River Ouse is filled with philosophical meditations, childhood memories, and of course the ghost of Virginia Woolf.
In our monthly feature, Sam Sacks clambers over the mountain of
reviews of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, spotting perspicacity,
purple prose, and possible pickpocketing along the way.
The benchmarks for Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony are mono in both uses of the term, aural and chromatic. How does a modern release hold up?
The Sioux medicine man and centerpiece of “Black Elk Speaks” is the subject of a comprehensive new biography