Janet Malcolm, a Writer Who Emphasized the Messiness of Life With Slyness and Precision

The longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, who died on Wednesday at 86, was most animated by divided selves and the inherent complexity of human relationships.


When Frederick Douglass Met Andrew Johnson

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Book Review: ‘Reign of Terror,’ by Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman’s narrative of the last 20 years offers a discerning argument about the American r...

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A Remarkable Work of Family History Vividly Recreates the Anti-Nazi Resistance in Germany

In “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days,” Rebecca Donner writes about her great-great-aunt Mildr...

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The Extraordinary History (and Likely Busy Future) of Quarantine

“Until Proven Safe,” by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley, is about the lifesaving measure that has...

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Scents and Science Mingle in ‘The Joy of Sweat’

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‘The Man Who Hated Women’ Is Mostly About the Women He Hated

Amy Sohn’s new book is about a 19th-century moral crusader and the women whose work he targeted, in...

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