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‘Cosmopolis’ Captures Decadent Spirit Of The Age

A matinee idol for the age of HDTVs and “retina displays,” Robert Pattinson has a face that seems to require […]

How Books Shaped The American National Identity

Books can change the way we think and can continue to influence events long after they were written. The Library […]

‘Giving Up The Ghost’: Letting Go Of A Haunted Past

Eric Nuzum barely survived his teen years. The period was scarred by depression, drugs and a brief period of institutionalization. […]

‘You Can’t Just Be The Voice Of Generic Sarcasm’: The Art Of Movie Riffing

“A couple of years ago, we did something that we called a ‘Rifftrax challenge,’” says Bill Corbett, who serves as […]

New In Paperback Aug. 12-19

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Sebastian Rotella, Tahmima Anam, Jermaine Jackson and Charles King. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Old Memories, New Depth In ‘The Underwater Welder’

In a memorable (and much-parodied) 1983 television ad for a brand of instant, decaffeinated coffee, a gravel-voiced announcer asked: “What […]

Exclusive First Read: Black-Comic Horror In ‘Breed’

The longing for children is fertile literary ground; from it, authors have brought forth everything from satire to tragedy. In […]

Lit, Illustrated: Five Fantastic Graphic Novels

This year, some of the biggest names in cartooning offered major releases in genres ranging from alternative science fiction to […]

Between Pride And Despair: ‘Three Strong Women’

Few French writers can rival the success of Marie NDiaye, whose acclaim as a novelist and playwright is matched by […]

A Rainbow Of Happy Endings In Ethnic Romances

Romance fiction is the Rodney Dangerfield of the publishing world: It don’t get no respect. This, despite the fact that […]

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