Cultish, a new book by the linguist Amanda Montell, reveals how insidery language informs the communities of modern life.
A captivating new history helps us see the humble appliance’s sweeping influence on modern life.
One man’s journey through public waterways—whether sparkling or dirty or algae-filled—challenges us to look differently at the commons.
New York is getting more out of the domestic oil boom than North Dakota ever will.
His early translated works, the subject of a fascinating new book, shed light on the business of bringing the best-selling novelist to a global audience.
The writer and activist has the painful, powerful words for this political moment. America just needs to heed them.
Alaric the Goth wanted to be part of the empire. Instead he helped bring it down.
Before she died, Emily Hale donated love letters she had received from the author while his wife was ill. Now public, the writings reveal his quiet duplicity.
A recent work by the late critic Clive James about his literary idol, Philip Larkin, artfully examines the complex poet’s canon.
A new book, from the hosts of the Switched on Pop podcast, approaches the genre with laserlike focus and palpable enthusiasm.
How to assess an artist who was ruthless—and revealing—in work and life
In 1965, two American titans faced off on the subject of the country’s racial divides. Nearly 55 years later, the event has lost none of its relevance, as a recent book attests.
On the virtues of splitting up for the night
The 1952 film exemplifies the key elements of a beloved Hollywood genre.
The University of Virginia was supposed to transform a slave-owning generation, but it failed.
She Said, Catch and Kill, and other new books tell stories of monsters brought to account. But their defining mood is not exultation—it’s terror.
The Blondie singer’s memoir, Face It, wryly recounts making the most of being ogled.
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects.
A pair of authors tries to maintain optimism about the world’s changing landscapes—but at what cost?
Far beyond the news it breaks, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is a grim reminder: Many Americans still doubt the seriousness of sexual-misconduct allegations.