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There and Back Again A never-before-published collection of essays by J. R. R. Tolkien will reveal new details about The Lord of the Rings

December 2, 2020

A Day in the Life Lady Anne Glenconner discusses her friendship with Princess Margaret, her abusive husband, and finally finding happiness

December 2, 2020

Subterranean Writer’s Block Blues Having trouble putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys)? Believe it or not, taking the subway might offer salvation

December 2, 2020

Hide and Seek Will Maclean added a single extra word to each of the first 1,000 copies of his debut novel. Together, they tell a short story—one which readers are eagerly piecing together

December 2, 2020

Birthplaces of Cool A new book explores masterpieces of architecture by Gio Ponti, Luis Barragán, and Lina Bo Bardi, and the people who live in them

The Game Is Afoot Netflix and the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle are butting heads over Sherlock Holmes’s true identity

Gossip Girl Grows Up Gossip Girl creator Cecily von Ziegesar sets her sights on the parents of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

November 25, 2020

New This Week Richard Preston reviews Numbers Don’t Lie, Vaclav Smil’s latest, which uses data to understand our world, and James McConnachie reviews Ed Caesar’s account of an unlikely ascent of Everest

November 25, 2020

Back to the 70s Bill Flanagan’s new novel is a music-inspired riff on time-travel classics. In an interview with the author, Tom Freston discusses going back in time—and the best age to do it

November 25, 2020

All That Glitters … With the coronavirus decimating book sales, Shakespeare and Company is launching a membership scheme inspired by the one that got the Paris shop through the Great Depression

November 25, 2020

Dwight Garner The New York Times book critic is out with a collection of his favorite quotations. Here, three recommendations to whet our appetite

Daddy Day Care If you have no concern for your personal safety and like the idea of your house looking like a shrink’s office, the author has the perfect roommate for you

Better by Design Nearly 50 years after the publication of Louis Kahn’s monograph, a new edition presents the singular work of the architect in a fresh light

New This Week Melanie Reid reviews playboy photographer David Bailey’s rollicking memoir, and new light is shed on the French Resistance in Patrick Marnham’s War in the Shadows, reviewed by Roger Boyes

November 18, 2020

Life After Boris Marina Wheeler on her new book, her broken marriage to Boris Johnson, and raising children who won’t speak to their father

November 18, 2020

Not Harry Potter, But It’ll Do Available online for free, The Ickabog, accompanied by whimsical illustrations from children around the world, brings joy to lockdown

November 18, 2020

A World Apart Never-before-published photographs by Steve McCurry bring faraway places and cultures into radiant focus

November 17, 2020
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