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July 14, 2013 The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious late-medieval document filled with illustrations and strange text, has befuddled countless would-be translators. Is it a book of natural science? Alchemy? Herbology? Astronomy? No one knows, because no one's been able to decipher it.
July 13, 2013 Food is one of the most important world-building tools in a writer's kit — it defines a world and the people in it. Self-described "food writer with a wicked sci-fi addiction" Jason Sheehan muses on food in science fiction — and whether, in the future, we'll all be eating dinner in pill form.
July 12, 2013 Also: Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen to star in a comic book; Nathaniel Rich on noir lit; a profile of a literary fraudster.
July 11, 2013 Also: a literary history of silly walks; Judy Blume on why Margaret will always be an A cup; Oliver Sacks on hallucinations.
July 10, 2013 A federal judge has decided against Apple in the e-books price fixing case. Apple was the only remaining party in the case brought by the Department of Justice that originally included five major publishers. Those publishers had previously settled.
July 10, 2013 Also: Amazon launches a comics imprint; Reed Johnson on an uncrackable medieval code; a Colorado state Senate candidate writes erotica.
July 9, 2013 Also: Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a librarian; a giant Mr. Darcy appears in a lake; a letter from Charles Bukowski.
July 8, 2013 Also: Joyce Carol Oates ignites a Twitter controversy; George Orwell's fashion choices; and the best books coming out this week.
July 5, 2013 Romance author Eloisa James picks five sweet summer reads that turn trauma into romantic triumph. Whether you've been jilted at the altar, humiliated in the school paper or just plain rejected, James says you'll find these books "as healing as ice cream."
July 5, 2013 Also: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley is now walkable, sort of, in Google Streetview; Jane Smiley on Alice Munro's retirement; a "review" of America.
July 2, 2013 Allen Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion provides a determinedly fair account of the battle, the military and political maneuvering leading up to it, and the aftermath. NPR's Stu Seidel says it makes for a valuable addition to any American history reader's library.
July 2, 2013 Also: Reading Gabriel García Márquez in simulated space; drawings by Jorge Luis Borges and Sylvia Plath; Philipp Meyer on writing.
July 2, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of David Rakoff's last novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a set of humane, witty interlocking vignettes in verse that illustrate the scope of the 20th century, from 1920s Chicago meatpackers to dissatisfied 1980s yuppies.
July 1, 2013 Paula Deen's cookbook dropped; David Mitchell on having a child with autism; the best books coming out this week.