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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.

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

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

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

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


Encore: Bette Midler discusses her children's book, 'The 2021-12-06 17:06:31NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bette Midler about her children's book, The Tale of the Mandarin Duck.

No black-tie dinner with the Swedish king for 2021-12-06 15:26:10Instead, most of the laureates are receiving their awards in their home countries because the pandemic has disrupted the ceremonies yet again.

In debut poetry collection, Amanda Gorman looks at 2021-12-06 11:04:00The youngest presidential inaugural poet writes about how looking at our history tells us what our bodies are made of – and of how collective me

There's new pressure to ban books at schools 2021-12-06 05:10:00Attempts to remove books from school libraries have increased, spurred by activism from conservative parent groups and resistance to teaching socially

Granddaughter of cult leader tells her story of 2021-12-05 15:41:00Faith Jones, a successful lawyer, is the granddaughter of David Berg, founder of The Family. She tells of how she was raised in the cult from infancy

These are some of NPR's favorite romance books 2021-12-05 08:09:00"Books We Love" is NPR's list of our favorite 2021 reads. Here we present four suggestions from the romance genre.

Playing hooky goes terribly awry in young adult 2021-12-05 08:09:00Ayesha Rascoe speaks with best-selling author Karen M. McManus about her new thriller for young adults called "You'll Be the Death of Me."

2 cousins celebrate their childhood neighborhood in 'Dream 2021-12-04 08:01:00Meet Mr. Sidney, who's always sharply dressed. Belle, who catches butterflies in jar. And the Hat Lady, Ms. Sarah. They're just some of the resident

Here are some of NPR's favorite scary reads 2021-12-04 08:01:00From NPR's yearly reading list, Books We Love, we hear suggestions for scary reads from four of our staffers.

These NYC kids have written the history of 2021-12-02 11:39:55A group of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students realized there was no children's book about the composer Florence Price. So they wrote, illustrat

Alice Sebold apologizes to the man exonerated in 2021-11-30 18:12:51"I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from you," the author wrote in a statement. A judge exoner

Books We Love: Mary Louise Kelly picks Miranda 2021-11-30 16:48:002021's NPR Books We Love list is here, full of recommendations from NPR staff and book critics. Mary Louise Kelly picked The Paper Palace by Miranda

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