Paper Wasps

Elegy Beginning With Half a Line From Ben Johnson


“I knew that all the things we’d gathered there so many years would be scattered and gone. All that had held it together would come apart and be gone as if it never was.”

Peaceable Kingdom

Twin Bill

Hog-Nosed Skunk

The Madness of Cesar Chavez

A new biography of the icon shows that saints should be judged guilty until proved innocent.

My Ramona

Beverly Cleary’s body of work shows why topicality derails great literature.

The Real Mahatma Gandhi

Questioning the moral heroism of India’s most revered figure

The Joy of Vex

The godless charm of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm

Libyan Rebels: A Sound Track

In Misurata, fighters turn to Pink Floyd in their war against Qaddafi.


A Memory of the Future

Cover to Cover

Hollywood: A Love Story

Often spot-on, sometimes creepy, David Thomson’s masterwork is the most influential book ever written about the movies—and the most infuriating.

Red Rosa

The writings of the martyred socialist Rosa Luxemburg give a plaintive view of history’s paths not taken.

The Beast Within

The secret formula of Animal Planet: it’s all about us.

Fade to White

A filmmaker maps Austin’s shifting ethnic landscape.

The Cross Word

A story and puzzle in 76 clues


Passed On

Herman Wouk Is Still Alive

Special Report: How Genius Works Brenda should be happy. The kids are quiet, the road stretches ahead of her like an airport runway, she's behind the wheel of a brand-new van. The speedometer reads 70. Nonetheless, that grayness has begun to creep over her again. The van isn't hers, after all. She'll have to give it back. A foolish expense, really, because what's at the far end of this trip, up in Mars Hill? She looks at her old friend. Jasmine is looking back at her. The van, now doing almost a hundred miles an hour, begins to drift. Jasmine gives a small nod. Brenda nods back. Then she pushes down harder with her foot, trying to find the van's carpeted floor.

How Heavy Metal Is Keeping Us Sane

Dark and disturbing, the music is honest about human nature

The Great Los Angeles Novel

HBO’s Mildred Pierce is based on James M. Cain’s book that has to go down as one of the great failures of American fiction.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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