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Mario Vargas Llosa Returns to the Dictator Novel 2021-11-24 12:40:49The Nobel laureate’s best work has studied the hazards of power. Does his latest book extend the streak?

Reëxamining the Legacy of Race and Robert E. 2021-11-24 12:05:23The historian Allen C. Guelzo believes that the Confederate general deserves a more compassionate reading.

Aria Aber Reads Frank Bidart 2021-11-24 06:00:00Aria Aber joins Kevin Young to discuss “Half-Light,” by Frank Bidart, and her own poem “Dirt and Light.”

“Work Lunch” 2021-11-23 06:00:00A poet’s freewheeling odyssey through American appetites inspires meditations on labor, loss, and the collective costs of our daily bread.

How the Rosetta Stone Yielded Its Secrets 2021-11-22 06:00:00The quest to decode hieroglyphic writing.

Greg Jackson on Bohemians and the Bourgeoisie 2021-11-22 06:00:00The author discusses “The Hollow,” his story from the latest issue of the magazine.

The Cost of Sentimentalizing War 2021-11-22 06:00:00Has the American myth of the Good War helped ensnare us in bad ones?

Greg Jackson Reads “The Hollow” 2021-11-22 06:00:00The author reads his story from the November 29, 2021, issue of the magazine.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2021-11-22 06:00:00“Conquering the Pacific,” “The Vanishing,” “The Making of Incarnation,” and “My Monticello.”

Chris Christie’s Donald Trump Problem 2021-11-21 06:00:00In a new book, the former governor maintains over-all fealty to Trump, but wants you to know that he understands what kind of human being Trump i

Sunday Reading: Television in Popular Culture 2021-11-21 06:00:00From the magazine’s archive: a selection of pieces about notable shows and how they have helped transform our culture.

W. G. Sebald, the Trickster 2021-11-20 13:07:38A new biography tries to uncover the real lives behind Sebald’s fiction. Do they help us understand him?

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He Was No Moses 2021-11-24 10:00:00Who were America’s worst presidents? In a 2021 survey of historians, C–SPAN found that Andrew Johnson ranked next to last, just above Jame

Industrious Habits 2021-11-24 10:00:00It is hard to pin down Marie de France, though many have tried. The best-known woman poet of the Middle Ages is a chimera, pieced together centuries a

Force of Gravity 2021-11-24 10:00:00In Steffani Jemison’s split-screen video In Succession (2019)—the most recent, longest, and largest work in the multimedia artist’s

Flies Like Us 2021-11-24 10:00:00We may detest flies, but our relationships with them are extraordinarily complex and often intimate. As well as vexing us, biting us, and making us si

Frost at Midnight 2021-11-24 10:00:00On April 29, 1934, Robert Frost wrote to his friend Louis Untermeyer that his “favorite poem long before I knew what it was going to mean to us

Finding Babel in the Drawer 2021-11-24 10:00:00My father, Irving Howe, wrote this essay on Isaac Babel in the late 1980s, so far as I can tell, as the introduction to a book of Babel’s storie

Whose Art Thrives in Cuba? 2021-11-24 10:00:00The annual congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is usually a staid affair, but this year’s was rocked by controversy. In ea

The Tender Trap 2021-11-24 10:00:00Sometime toward the end of the twentieth century I dimly recall in the culture and among the people I knew a generationally ambient feeling that marri

Digging for Utopia 2021-11-24 10:00:00That the history of our species came in stages was an idea that came in stages. Aristotle saw the formation of political entities as a tripartite proc

Labors of Love 2021-11-24 10:00:00A few years after publishing his superb translation of Dante’s Purgatorio (2000), W.S. Merwin told me he was toying with the idea of also transl

‘We get the Dialectic fairly well’ 2021-11-24 10:00:00We get the Dialectic fairly well,How streams descending turn to trees that climb,That what we are not we shall be in time,Why some unlikes attract, al

Inventing the Science of Race 2021-11-24 10:00:00In 1712 King Louis XIV of France signed the lettres patentes that formally established Bordeaux’s Royal Academy of Sciences, Belles Lettres, and


Famed author Jodi Picoult novelizes the pandemic in 2021-11-27 08:13:45Scott Simon talks with Jodi Picoult about her new novel, "Wish You Were Here." It's a pandemic-inspired story, with a character stranded in the Gal

Hit book 'The Lovely Bones' was based on 2021-11-27 08:00:49Anthony J. Broadwater was accused of raping author Alice Sebold in 1981 after the author mistakenly identified him as her assailant in a police lineup

Sophia Glock divulges her secretive life as a 2021-11-27 08:00:00Scott Simon speaks with author Sophia Glock about her graphic novel, "Passport," about a young girl's experience with her parents' careers with th

Books We Love: Audie Cornish recommends 'Nina' by 2021-11-26 16:54:55It's NPR Books' most wonderful time of the year, when beloved books are gathered and shared. One of Audie Cornish's favorites is 'Nina: A Story of

For Stanley Tucci, food is like religion — 2021-11-26 13:19:39Tucci has always connected to his roots through food, so he was devastated when cancer treatment put him on a feeding tube. He's now cancer-free, wit

Encore: Author Kati Marton explores Angela Merkel's impact 2021-11-25 16:19:54NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with author Kati Marton about her biography of Angela Merkel, The Chancellor, and what the politician's departure means

The new book 'Taste Makers' celebrates 7 immigrant 2021-11-25 16:19:00NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Mayukh Sen about his new book, Taste Makers. It tells the stories of seven immigrant women who shaped the way America ea

What's making us happy: A guide for your 2021-11-25 12:00:30Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: the new album by Snail Mail, the 2020 boo

HBO revolutionized TV, but the next few years 2021-11-24 16:47:47Journalist James Andrew Miller and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talk about how HBO changed television and why the next few years are pivotal for the net

Books We Love: Ari Shapiro picks 'Build Your 2021-11-24 16:16:00The 2021 NPR Books We Love list is here. NPR's Ari Shapiro shares one of his favorite books from this year, Build Your House Around My Body by Violet

Here are the Books We Love: 360+ great 2021-11-24 07:00:00Books We Love (formerly known as NPR's Book Concierge) is back with a new name and 360+ new books handpicked just for you by NPR staff and trusted cr

NPR's Book Concierge returns with a new name, 2021-11-24 05:11:00NPR's end of the year picks are collected in a recommendation tool we're calling: Books We Love. It's more than just a list of the year's best boo