May 1, 2013 Photographer Todd McLellan dismantles common household objects, then meticulously arranges the parts to show the inner workings of everyday stuff.
May 1, 2013 Our comics blogger rounds up a long list of comics you may be able to find for free this weekend at your local comics shop and tells you which ones might work best for you.
May 1, 2013 Irish novelist Edna O'Brien looks back on eight tumultuous decades in a new memoir, Country Girl. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is "a generous gift to readers" but too circumspect about O'Brien's personal life — which included encounters with Samuel Beckett, Richard Burton and Paul McCartney.
May 1, 2013 Also: a lost love poem by Vita Sackville-West; the history of the octopus in Western culture; and why The Great Gatsby endures.
April 30, 2013 People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs.
April 30, 2013 Some people, unlucky in love, turn to matchmaking services. Thomas Day, an 18th century British intellectual, adopted two girls from an orphanage in order to mold them into the women of his dreams. Reviewer Cord Jefferson says Wendy Moore's history is so adroitly written it reads like a novel.
April 30, 2013 Also: A letter from Kurt Vonnegut to JFK; F. Scott Fitzgerald's financial records; Michael Wolff calls for an end to The New York Times Book Review.
April 30, 2013 Easy Rawlins returns in our exclusive First Read of Walter Mosley's new book, Little Green. Back from seeming death, Easy is prowling the streets of Summer of Love Los Angeles in search of a teenager who disappeared during an acid trip.
April 30, 2013 How do creative geniuses do what they do? Daily Rituals, which assembles the working regimens of 161 artists and thinkers into a lean, engaging volume, makes one thing clear: There's no such thing as the way to create good work, but all the greats have their way — and some are spectacularly weird.
April 30, 2013 As National Poetry Month comes to a close, cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano sketches his way through three centuries of cat-loving poets from Christopher Smart's sacred mouser to Margaret Atwood's yellow-eyed feline companion.
April 30, 2013 Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.
April 30, 2013 Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.
April 29, 2013 Wikipedia is the latest battleground in the fight over the status of female writers in the literary world. A subcategory called "American women novelists" has sparked accusations of sexism on the collaboratively written online encyclopedia — where fewer than 10 percent of the editors are women.