Historian Sean Wilentz talks about social studies versus history, purple prose in founding-father biographies, and how “states rights” started trumping slavery in Jefferson Davis’s memoirs.
Reporting a civil war in Africa sounds tough, but try investigating a 40-year-old crime in America’s quietest suburb. A chat with journalist Sebastian Junger about his new book on the Boston Strangler.
The great American novel doesn’t exist—except in the minds of marketers (and those who believe New Yorkers write the best books). A conversation with Susan Straight about regional writing, as American as apple pie.
A rowdy conversation about Talese’s new memoir, Lorena Bobbitt’s Hollywood agent, attending fights with James Baldwin, and a hundred other reports about the joys and pains of getting a story right.
Writer and off-the-charts associater Lawrence Weschler talks about his new book, Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, plus publishing as an act of citizenship and the joy of sideways learning.
Author and 2005 Rooster winner David Mitchell talks about his new novel, Black Swan Green, the appeal of Bill Evans, and the differences between sex and writing.
The fascinating author and journalist Richard Reeves talks about writing Reagan, founding New York magazine, and covering Lévy’s America more than 20 years ago.
Should “America” only include the United States? Does art criticism matter when it doesn’t account for emotions? A conversation with author Alberto Manguel about working with Borges and responding to paintings.
Politics can be dangerous in some parts of Africa, but childhood can be even more risky. A conversation with Uzodinma Iweala about what’s breaking the continent apart—and what’s holding it together.
Author and Columbia professor Andrew Delbanco, named by Time as “America’s Best Social Critic,” talks about his new Melville biography—one that’s actually enjoyable to read.
Strings, branes, and baryogenesis—our man in Boston is guided through contemporary science by one of the country’s top theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall.
While the publishing world freaks out over false memoirs, who better to speak about truth in writing than an author with the same name as his protagonist?