Sentience Over Skin

Sentience Over Skin

In a distant future without humans, genetically engineered members of other Earth species have evolved societies of staggering – and problematic – complexity.

No Storm of Roses

No Storm of Roses

Lilliet Berne, hero of Alexander Chee’s highly-anticipated new novel Queen of the Night, enjoys the glamorous life of a diva — but what’s below the surface is both more sordid and more tragic.

The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy

A new book studies the history of copyright and the life and legacy of Aaron Swartz, one of copyright’s groundbreaking interpreters for the new century.

Imminent Threat

Imminent Threat

A harrowing new study tries to determine why the myth of torture’s effectiveness persists despite all the evidence – and despite a long line of permanently maimed victims. Greg Waldmann reviews.

A History of Violence

A History of Violence

When watching a Quentin Tarantino film, critic Max Ross contends, you can never forget you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino flim. But is that a strength or a weakness of his latest, The Hateful Eight?

In the Service: Koussevitzky of Boston

In the Service: Koussevitzky of Boston

Determining the legacy of Boston’s legendary conductor Serge Koussevitsky is a challenging task. Michael Johnson examines the man, the myth, and the music.

Dream the Possible Dream

Dream the Possible Dream

Can realpolitik – the doctrine of intimidation over ideology, force over ideals – actually be a good thing? Matt Ray reviews John Bew’s new study.

It’s a Mystery: “You can choose forgiveness or revenge, but revenge is always costly”

It’s a Mystery: “You can choose forgiveness or revenge, but revenge is always costly”

In two new mysteries – one the start of a new series, one the start of a new career – intricate plots take readers from Upstate New York to the Northern Cascades.

From the Archives: The Damage Collector

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Open Letters mourns the passing of C.D. Wright, a poet who made her revolutionary books out of scraps of overheard conversation, wandering memories, newspaper headlines.

From the Archives: Sentimental Education

From the Archives: Sentimental Education

Though most people don’t understand musical notation or the theory underlying it, nearly all classical music writing relies on it. Today, the initiate has a better option: YouTube.

From the Archives: Astonish Us

From the Archives: Astonish Us

Pauline Kael is largely out of print today, but any immersion into her passionate, intelligent writing shows her to have been one of the best movie critics–or critic of any kind–of the past century.

From the Archives: Weirder Than Real: The Films of Michel Gondry

From the Archives: Weirder Than Real: The Films of Michel Gondry

Lianne Habinek forges into the beguiling part-adult, part-childish, part-real, part-dreamlike films of Michel Gondry.