Articles of Note

Joan Didion is our Mother of Sorrows, our Saint Joan. Only she isn't. She’s cool-eyed and coldblooded. That's her genius... more »

New Books

Atheists in antiquity. What did Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris learn from Diagoras of Melos, the first known atheist? Not much... more »

Essays & Opinions

War and Peace helped establish historical fiction but left open the genre's quandary: What's the right balance between history and fiction?... more »