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Murder Mysteries after the Death of the Author

Murder Mysteries after the Death of the Author

NEXT MONTH, 11 years after Stieg Larsson’s death, Swedish journalist and biographer David Lagercrantz will publish a new sequel to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (sch...

Language Lessons

Language Lessons

THE INDIAN AUTHOR Aatish Taseer writes out of a compulsive need to understand his own fragmentary and complicated history. His mother is the renowned Indian journalist Tavleen Singh; his father, Salm...

A Nice Hobby, Like Knitting: On Barbara Pym

A Nice Hobby, Like Knitting: On Barbara Pym

Photo by Mayotte Magnus (c) The Barbara Pym Society I BECAME INTERESTED in British author Barbara Pym after the author Michelle Huneven told me about a sock-darning scene in Pym’s first novel, Some...

Untrue Crime

Untrue Crime

FROM MAJ SJÖWALL’S and Per Wahlöö’s masterful Martin Beck series of police procedurals, which autopsied the Swedish petit-bourgeoisie in the wake of the countercultural revolutions of the 1960s...

Virtue for Spite

Virtue for Spite

T.C. BOYLE is a sneaky-good novelist. He writes lively, kinetic books that give full vent to the points of view of even the most dubious characters, in line with Saul Bellow’s observation that the ...

The Wonder of Disillusionment

The Wonder of Disillusionment

DURING A FEW SHORT DAYS spent in the stacks of the Johns Hopkins University library back in 1986, I consumed all that was available there of the work of T.C. Boyle — two daring story collections, De...

To Forget History

To Forget History

IT WAS MY LOVE of Milan Kundera, and my desire to defend him against Harold Bloom, that brought me to Prague. As part of a growing critical dismissal of Kundera that began in the early ’90s, Bloom h...

A Spell of Foreign Travel

A Spell of Foreign Travel

WITHIN HOURS of arriving in a foreign country, the protagonist in Vendela Vida’s new novel has her backpack stolen, losing all her money and ID. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, like its protagonis...

Golden Ages Past

Golden Ages Past

YOUNG PEOPLE TEND to see a Golden Age in the future, a bright spot on a distant horizon. Those more advanced in years, beyond the point where unbridled optimism gives way to bridled determinism, see ...

Desire in a Drought

Desire in a Drought

WHEN RUTH ARDINGLY is nervous, she runs a cold tap in the kitchen. Ruth has the luxury to use water in this way, even in the midst of the world’s longest drought, because she lives on inexplicably l...

Everything Was in the Making

Everything Was in the Making

WOULD YOU RATHER live in Rome on the rise, Rome at its height, or Rome at its most decadent? When everything was in the making, undefined, unstoppable; when you ruled the world, supreme, beholden to ...

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“Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography” at the Getty Museum
“Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography” at the Getty Museum
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An Artist’s Intervention in the Ebola Crisis
An Artist’s Intervention in the Ebola Crisis
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Photographer Spotlight: Jerry Uelsmann
Photographer Spotlight: Jerry Uelsmann

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Radio Hour: “The Look of Silence,” Diana Wagman, and D. W. Griffith
Radio Hour: “The Look of Silence,” Diana Wagman, and D. W. Griffith
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Radio Hour: "Go Set a Watchman" and Film Critic John Powers
Radio Hour: "Go Set a Watchman" and Film Critic John Powers
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Radio Hour: “Naked at Lunch,” Female Comedy Writers, and Vicious Disequilibrium
Radio Hour: “Naked at Lunch,” Female Comedy Writers, and Vicious Disequilibrium