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Who built Marilyn Monroe?

Pop culture loves gender war stories. They leave something out.

In Ducks, Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant goes bleak and desolate

How power companies have caused and worsened wildfires

Nona the Ninth features dogs, lesbians, necromantic battles, increasing levels of Catholicism

Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing

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The radical political power of friendship

It can help us push back against tyranny. Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s legendary cocktail parties were proof.

The ovarian “biological clock” and other reproductive health metaphors that have led science astray

With I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy lays bare the horrors of child acting

Salman Rushdie and the enduring risk of political art

One Good Thing: A food memoir about love, grief, and lockdown

The power of silence in a deafening world

Why there’s more noise, and more kinds of it — and why it might be ruining our focus.

How to fall back in love with reading

Netflix’s Persuasion is an absolute disaster

How the world changed its mind on Tracy Flick

Our submissions to the queer canon

Raising Raffi is a portrait of the author as modern father

In The Immortal King Rao, a tech billionaire becomes king of the world

Elif Batuman’s Either/Or is a portrait of the artist as a young idiot

Spend June with a novel of colonialism, technological capitalism, and coconuts

The Fortress of Solitude is a fraught and uneasy love letter to a vanished Brooklyn

Bill Gates knows philanthropy alone can’t solve inequality

The Vox Book Club is going back to Fortress of Solitude, one of the best novels of the 2000s

Revisiting the Christian fantasy novels that shaped decades of conservative hysteria

The author of Station Eleven wrote a new pandemic novel

How conspiracy theories went mainstream

One Good Thing: Have you heard of this Shakespeare guy? Pretty good!

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado knows where the bodies are buried

The author of When We Cease to Understand the World explains himself

With The Candy House, Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan makes her case for the novel

The endless debate about spoilers keeps us consuming boring art 

Spend April with Carmen Maria Machado’s haunting Her Body and Other Parties

The intricate literary layers of Drive My Car

Have we ceased to understand the world?

She was the Agatha Christie of romance novels. You’ve probably never heard of her.

Morality in art, as considered by a fictional 50-something martini-drinking hostage taker

When We Cease to Understand the World asks what it means to be human

Former evangelicals are putting the American church under a microscope in pop culture

How the new banned books panic fits into America’s history of school censorship

One Good Thing: The Left Hand of Darkness showed us that the greatest romances in life can be friendships