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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Is Marx still relevant?
P. G. Wodehouse and the costs of innocence
Adult animation grows up with Archer
The Soviet Attempt to Export Communism
Blavatsky's cosmic soap opera
A history of table technology
Thornton Wilder's multifaceted life and work
Fairy tales and the roots of literature
The democratic fiction of Richard Brautigan
Tom Wolfe is back with Back to Blood (Little, Brown and Company, $30, littlebrown.com) and I have to confess, after wading through this multiculti, multilingual, punnyfunny Miami miasma, that it’s…
The many voices of Zadie Smith
A word-of-mouth dictionary
The medieval tales of Cronenberg and DeLillo
Becoming Pauline Kael
A revolution in cartography
The eternally youthful Nicholson Baker
The good life without God
Joe Brainard's universal prose
Salvation for the mother of African-American literature
A pundit's rosy view of the Pax Americana
The postwar unmaking of Samuel Beckett
James Ellroy tries to let go
Translation and traduction
A reappraisal of Dutch Golden Age paintings
The WTC memorial
Why the finance industry never had to lie
The afterlives of Philip Larkin
The false nostalgia of Mad Men
A Czech’s boozy refuge from writer’s bloc