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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

In The Sentence, Louise Erdrich asks what we owe the dead

What romance novels can teach us about attraction

One Good Thing: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is funny, just like love

Spend February reading Louise Erdrich’s pandemic novel of grief and ghosts

Why Tamsyn Muir turned her fantasy trilogy into a quartet halfway through

The luxurious fantasy of suffering in Hanya Yanagihara’s novels

A syllabus for a new world

Close reading the fleshy, obsessive internet of No One Is Talking About This

Remembering Joan Didion’s reserved, masterful style

In Fake Accounts, we lie and lie and lie all over the internet 

One Good Thing: Get lost in the gorgeous fantasy of the Daevabad trilogy, based on Islamic legends 

Station Eleven made me want to live in the post-apocalypse

Looking back at the ’90s has meant reexamining the decade’s toxic diet culture

The books that made us think and act differently this year

Spend the winter reading novels of our online brains

The remote work revolution hasn’t happened yet

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