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The Mind of Conservatism
By George F. Will apr 1, 2020

“American Conservatism,” a collection of pieces edited by Andrew J. Bacevich, demonstrates the wide range of conservative thought in America.

When All the Zingers Were Fit to Print
By Alex Traub apr 1, 2020

In 1978, a mischievous band of writers that included George Plimpton and Nora Ephron teamed to create a spoof of The New York Times. Turns out, Times journalists were among them.

The Wildly Funny Samantha Irby Is Back, Not a Moment Too Soon
By Parul Sehgal apr 1, 2020

Irby’s new essay collection, “Wow, No Thank You,” offers more of her deadpan, confiding voice, which ranges from high silliness to emotionally painful depths.

Tomie dePaola, ‘Strega Nona’ Author and Illustrator, Dies at 85
By Iliana Magra and Julia Carmel mar 31, 2020

Mr. dePaola wrote or illustrated more than 270 books, notably the beloved stories of a “grandma witch” with an eternally full pasta pot.

Why Am I Reading Apocalyptic Novels Now?
By Agnes Callard mar 31, 2020

If something frightening is happening, I want to be afraid of it. When things are bad, I want to suffer.

A Mexican Novel Conjures a Violent World Tinged With Beauty
By Julian Lucas mar 31, 2020

“Hurricane Season,” by Fernanda Melchor, imagines Mexico’s scourge of violence against women in language that is fierce, profane and marvelously inventive.

‘I Always Write With a Sense of Shame’
By Elisabeth Zerofsky mar 31, 2020

How Édouard Louis, a working-class gay man from the provinces, became France’s latest literary sensation — and its political conscience.

What Wins in the Heartland, Machismo or Intellect?
By Austin Considine mar 31, 2020

Callan Wink’s debut novel, “August,” pits brains against brawn in an America far from the literary world.

Martin, Malcolm and the Fight for Equality
By Annette Gordon-Reed mar 31, 2020

Peniel E. Joseph’s “The Sword and the Shield” shows that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had more in common than is generally believed.

New & Noteworthy Poetry Books
mar 31, 2020

Recent collections from Sidney Wade, Justin Phillip Reed and more; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.