INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

DAVID LAGERCRANTZ
by Megan Labrise

To call David Lagercrantz a Lisbeth Salander “fan” would be an understatement.

“I’ve been obsessed, really,” Lagercrantz says of Stieg Larsson’s famous punk superhacker. “The genius of her is so fascinating, of course, but also the mythology: the girl against the world, the girl the world treated so exceptionally badly but she refused to be a victim....She’s a ...


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TRACY DAUGHERTY
by Christopher Carbone

A biographer’s task is inherently difficult: how to write about a public figure’s life while rendering it in a way that’s honest, compelling, and respectful. In the case of Joan Didion, the very private, award-winning author and writer, the task is more fraught. The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty’s excellent biography, satisfies all of those conditions. It’s a thought-provoking look ...


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GREG GRANDIN
by Scott Porch

Greg Grandin laughs when I ask how he got from a book about Ford Motor Company building a utopian enclave in the Amazon jungle in the 1930s (Fordlandia) to a history of a slave revolt on the high seas that inspired Herman Melville (The Empire of Necessity) to now writing about—of all people—Henry Kissinger.

And then he connects the dots ...


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FROM AN ABUNDANT SEASON, A FEW TREASURES
by Eric Liebetrau

A few columns ago, I lamented the lack of intriguing books released in the summer months, particularly July. With the fall season, we have the opposite problem, as an abundance of big names grace the pages of publishers’ catalogs over the next few months, including, among dozens of others, Simon Winchester, Richard Dawkins, Stacy Schiff, Gloria Steinem, Susan Cheever, Jay ...


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BLOGS

THE VOICE IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

The dolly uses her sweet voice to tell the girl she loves her, but no one else does. She tells the girl she understands how she feels, but no one else does. Especially her brother. He hates her, doesn’t she know that? Hasn’t she always known that?

                        —Took, Mary Downing Hahn

Tell me if you’ve heard this one ...


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40 YEARS OF HACKER SCIENCE FICTION IN 7 NOTABLE WORKS
by John DeNardo

It's rare today to get through a week's worth of news and not see some story about a corporate data breach and millions of unwary consumers having their personal information compromised. While this may be an artifact of the computer-reliant world we live in, you can ultimately thank the computer wizards known as "hackers" for the hard lesson ...


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BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE COLLEGE
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Straight Up
Bonus Factor: College Transition
Relationship Status: Keep In Touch

 

Cover Story: The Jennifer E. Smith Treatment

This cover, with its black and white photograph, playful typography ...


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