December 22, 2012 That trademark brew, Budweiser, is known to the world as the "King of Beers," and the Busch family was once considered practically royalty. Their early success led to a reign that lasted 150 years, but the end, when it came, wasn't so glorious.
November 28, 2012 The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.
November 22, 2012 According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
October 16, 2012 The British writer becomes only the third author to win the prestigious award twice, joining J.M. Coetzee and Peter Carey. She also becomes the first author to win with a sequel. Her novel Wolf Hall won in 2009.
April 12, 2012 Biblical and antiquities scholars will soon have a new resource at their fingertips, as Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican Library launch a plan to digitize millions of pages of rare ancient texts. The scanned pages will be available online.
March 28, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics and a pilot sheds light on life in the cockpit. In the second hour, background checks and social media, and the new short biography Hitler.
March 8, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, ethnic mapping to combat terrorism, and the facts behind the film Kony 2012. In the second hour, the challenges of divorce after fifty, and the author of Da Vinci's Ghost.
February 24, 2012 Science fiction's job is to give us a map of where we're headed. From Jules Verne to William Gibson, sci-fi authors describe their visions of the future, and how people might live in it. We ask Intel's futurist for his list of favorite sci-fi books.
January 19, 2012 In 2010, a set fetched $11.5 million. At Friday's sale, it's expected that someone will bid even more. The four volumes were created between 1827 and 1838.
April 6, 2011 You know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But admit it, you totally do. And authors know it. Matthew Galloway at The Awl spoke with several authors about their experiences with cover designs and blurbs.
February 3, 2011 Sebastian Faulks sees Jane Eyre as a morally upright, mouse-y little thing, with her happiness dependent entirely upon marriage with Mr. Rochester. Boy, did he miss the point. Good thing Salon's Laura Miller can take him to task.
October 27, 2010 Mad Men's Roger Sterling's memoir will be a real book, published by Grove/Atlantic next month — now we can all find out what actually happened with Mrs. Blankenship — Queen of Perversions— back in the day.
August 3, 2010 Barnes & Noble, the world's largest physical retailer of books, is putting itself up for sale.
December 7, 2009 Michael Wolff urges you to boycott... books.
June 2, 2009 There are some books that meet all these criteria and still don't make it on the air. These volumes inhabit what I call "the shelf of constant reproach." It is kind of an editorial purgatory inhabited by worthy titles awaiting just the right news ...