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April 8, 2019

Halle Butler’s “The New Me” Is an Office Novel for a Precarious Age

The story of a temp worker in Chicago feels like a definitive work of millennial literature, Jia Tolentino writes.

April 8, 2019

Who Belongs in Prison?

A truly just system must do more than protect the rights of the innocent; it must also respect the humanity of the guilty, Adam Gopnik writes.

April 8, 2019

Nelson Algren’s Street Cred

Jonathan Dee writes about Nelson Algren, who became one of the most celebrated novelists of his era by probing the souls of society’s least “respectable.” Why did he disappear into obscurity?

April 8, 2019

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

“First,” “Making China Modern,” “Vacuum in the Dark,” and “The Cook.”

April 1, 2019

Susan Choi’s Novel Takes High-School Drama Seriously

Joanna Biggs on Susan Choi’s “Trust Exercise,” in which characters reckon with their pasts through fiction. 

April 1, 2019

What Baseball Teaches Us About Measuring Talent

The clash between data and intuition opens onto a larger debate, Louis Menand writes. 

April 1, 2019

Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World

Dan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it. 

April 1, 2019

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

“My Young Life,” “Sounds Like Titanic,” “The Nocilla Trilogy,” and “The Altruists.”