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Crime and No Punishment

Going South

Where the Magic Happens

Beatrice Monti della Corte has been welcoming writers to her villa in Tuscany for what feels like forever. Ralph Fiennes and Edmund White recount the extraordinary experience of being there

Flying Lessons

The author of a new book on Virgin Galactic didn’t have to look far for inspiration—like Virgin’s lead test pilot, his dad was a fighter pilot and Top Gun grad

Middle Ages Crisis

Fifty Shades of Downing Street

A British aide who worked with Dominic Cummings on the Brexit campaign is writing an erotic novel based on her time in politics

A Moveable Feast

Paris When It Sizzles

What’s more dazzling than Paris? Seeing it from above …

The Happiness Equation

When it comes to world happiness, the Nordic countries are the gold standard. Here’s what the rest of us can make of our abysmal numbers

The Write Stuff

Eight questions with Michael Lewis, author of a new book on the pandemic, about writing, luck, and why George W. Bush isn’t all bad

A Royal Record

An Affair to Remember

The New Williamsburg

Hasidim brought “the Jerusalem of America” to South Williamsburg after the Holocaust. All these years later, they’re on the move again

Short List

Books to read this week, from Robert Kanigel’s biography of Milman Parry, the man who reanimated Homer, to novels by Edmund de Waal and Bina Bernard

Where Love Goes to Die

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Mind Games

During W.W. I, a pair of British prisoners escaped their captors using a Ouija board. Their story reveals the power of delusion

How Do You Say “Avant-Garde” in Spanish?

Photographs by Ramón Masats chronicle the decade that revolutionized Spain

Murder, They Wrote

Decoding Dickens

The Big Sick

Radical Chic

Virginie Despentes managed to get her film banned in French cinemas. With the U.S. release of two of her fieriest works, the feminist shows no signs of slowing down

At Home in the World

Lucky No. 13