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Wolves in Disguise

Kate Zambreno’s O Fallen Angel dissects the willful blindness and rigid oppressiveness of contemporary American lifeAt the end of Kate Zambreno’s 2011 novel Green Girl, Ruth, the titular heroine, goes to the Tate Britain museum to see…

Chanelle Benz Is Rewriting History

The author of the breakout collection ‘The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead’ on violence, voice and finding a place in classic genresFinding a distinct voice is the first benchmark any great writer must accomplish. Chanelle Benz, author of…

‘Fuck’-ing Around

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves by Benjamin K. Bergen Basic Books, 271 pp., $27.99 In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams Oxford University Press, 253 pp., $17.95 Magnum Photos‘Posing with…

Lise Meitner Explained Fission

In response to: The Private Heisenberg and the Absent Bomb from the December 22, 2016 issue To the Editors: I’m sitting at my morning breakfast reading my latest edition of your fine publication when I came across Mr. Thomas Powers’s…

You Won’t Get Your Day in Court

In response to: Winners Should Recover Costs from the December 22, 2016 issue Why You Won’t Get Your Day in Court from the November 24, 2016 issue To the Editors: The exchange of letters between David Slawson and me concerned the…

The Halo at Formula One

In response to: Start Your Engines! from the January 19, 2017 issue To the Editors: I spoke incorrectly on two points in my recent article about Formula One racing . First, I said the only Formula One race in North America at the present…

Rare Book Week West 2017

Three times a year, book collectors gather to attend major antiquarian book fairs in the U.S.--this year they will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area of California in February, New York City in March, and Boston in November. To…

MLK and Vietnam

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re sharing one of the images from our current issue’s feature story about a collection of printed material related to the Vietnam War. This is King’s February 1967 anti-war speech, “The Casualties…