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The Classic Books You Haven't Read

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:26:22 EDT

Even the most dedicated readers confess to holes in their reading lists. Here’s how to get over the guilt.

Bruce Springsteen Unmasks His Agonies in the Memoir 'Born to Run'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:37:58 EDT

Ecstatic live shows, the singer writes, gave him the ‘illusion of intimacy without risk.’ Jim Fusilli reviews ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen.

Danielle Steel's Favorite Things

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:23:03 EDT

The best-selling author shares a few of her favorite things.

'UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015' Review: It's All About Her---And Us

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:18:53 EDT

Humor and intellect make for a joyful exhibit of oversharing.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:13:01 EDT

You might not know her name, but Sister Rosetta Tharpe paved the way for rock ’n’ roll, secularizing gospel by sprinkling the sacred with earthy sensuality.

'Crisis in Six Scenes' Review: Woody Allen Confronts the Militant Left

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:55:39 EDT

A suburban couple takes in a revolutionary on the lam in this Amazon comedy set in the turbulent ‘60s.

Our Need to Make and Enforce Rules Starts Very Young

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:34:03 EDT

Children as young as 3 years old enforce social rules and conventions—even when they aren’t really there.

At 13 Pounds, This Novel Is Bound to Be the Season's Biggest

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:05:04 EDT

The first English-language release of “Bottom’s Dream,” a 1970 experimental novel translated from German, with 1,496 pages and allusions to Joyce, Poe and Shakespeare, is a truly heavy read.

Issa Rae: From 'Awkward' to 'Insecure'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:26:36 EDT

The star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” on YouTube makes the leap to her own HBO show.

Can Math Crack Cancer's Code?

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:02:06 EDT

New quantitative models focus on the hidden architecture of tumor cells.

A Week in the Life of Nick Offerman

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:53:01 EDT

The actor who played Ron Swanson on ‘Parks and Recreation’ contends with fearsome chickens, shoots an indie film and stars in a video with Michelle Obama.

We Need More Answers on Teens and Pornography

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:06:04 EDT

Good research on the causes and consequences of children’s exposure to internet pornography is hard to come by, says Melvin Konner.

Our Trashy Ways at the Movies

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:48:38 EDT

Everyone leaves their trash on the floor in movie theaters. Joe Queenan asks: What are we saying with our tossed wrappers and soda cups?

HMS Terror---and the Moral Challenge of Exploration

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:58:42 EDT

The discovery of a long-lost ship prompts a look at how world exploration moved from a focus on trade to an expression of morality.

'Boycott,' From an Irish Estate Agent to Charlotte Protests

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:37:54 EDT

The history of the word boycott stretches from a dispute over the manager of an Irish estate in the 19th century to this week’s protests in Charlotte, N.C.

The Risks of Giving Lawmakers a Raise

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:52:52 EDT

A new study finds that higher salaries for legislators in the U.S. are associated with more time fundraising for themselves.

Football Analyst Mike Pereira on Johnny Horton's 'North to Alaska'

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:35:07 EDT

A Johnny Horton hit from 1960 reminds a football-rules analyst of his seasons in Alaska, the last frontier.

In 'Reputations,' Author Juan Gabriel Vásquez Explores Power and Ego

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:23:19 EDT

The Colombian author’s newest book, a short novel about a political cartoonist, looks at the vulnerability of public image—and “this strange relationship that opinion-makers have with that.”

A Way to Read Books Without Opening Them

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:53:27 EDT

Scientists at MIT and Georgia Tech have developed a system that can read stacked pages by bouncing electromagnetic waves off them.

Get Your Children Good and Dirty

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:58:51 EDT

Researchers are discovering how crucial microbes are to our health and to avoiding a range of newly common diseases. So it’s time to get dirty, eat better and stop overusing antibiotics.

How Canada Got Immigration Right

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:44:30 EDT

The U.S. could learn from its northern neighbor’s system, which selects immigrants able to make material contributions and embraces multiculturalism.

Sure Signs of an Outsourced College Essay

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:46:41 EDT

Lots of students dream of having someone else write their college essay. Joe Queenan on how not to do it.

A Week in the Life of Ann Patchett

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:25:25 EDT

The author of the new novel ‘Commonwealth’ deals with dogs, her bookstore and fragile hearts.

Marijuana Makes for Slackers? Now There's Evidence

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:58:48 EDT

New research on rodents shows how a substance in marijuana can reduce motivation. Meanwhile, the partly legalized drug remains insufficiently regulated.

Proust's Fashion Queen Reigns Again

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:23:56 EDT

A Manhattan museum will show the clothes of Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe, a major inspiration for Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time.”

The Right Way to Ask for Feedback

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:18:19 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on job performance, punitive systems and unusual payments.

Agent Shep Gordon on Teddy Pendergrass

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:41:09 EDT

Agent Shep Gordon remembers how a gentle protest song from Teddy Pendergrass touched him—while riding in a Rolls.

For WSJ Book Club, a Fantasy World of Daemons

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:47:49 EDT

Emma Donoghue, the author of ‘Room,’ picks ‘The Golden Compass,’ the first of a fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman, for the WSJ Book Club.

How Bruce Springsteen Was The Boss of his Book

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:18:35 EDT

Bruce Springsteen spent seven years writing his book ‘Born to Run,’ without contacting a publisher. Amid both secrecy and hoopla, the autobiography arrives Sept. 27.

As 'Curious George' Turns 75, New Light On His Escape from the Nazis

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:53:49 EDT

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is marking the 75th birthday of its blockbuster franchise “Curious George,” the adventurous monkey created by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey

A Veteran Editor on His Life's Work

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:12:45 EDT

In his new memoir, “Avid Reader,” former New Yorker editor Robert Gottlieb distills lessons from a lifetime of reading and writing.

'Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections' Review: A Trove of Beautiful Books

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:11:58 EDT

In the era of disembodied texts on Kindles, it’s easy to forget that books used to be created entirely by hand.

What Happens After ISIS Falls?

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:42:33 EDT

Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate is shrinking, but its demise is likely to bring new problems: fresh regional clashes, a revived al Qaeda and more terrorism in the West.

Stanford's New President on the Challenges Ahead

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 13:06:22 EDT

Marc Tessier-Lavigne takes office amid big debates on sexual assault and the role of the humanities at a university known for tech innovation.

The Activist Bringing Tech Training to the Bronx

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:36:48 EDT

Jerelyn Rodriguez, who was raised in the South Bronx, helped found a nonprofit that educates young adults who wouldn’t otherwise get IT training.

Invasion of the Alien Species

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:44:49 EDT

Invasive species are the greatest extinction threat to animal populations world-wide, writes Matt Ridley, and scientists are using new tools to combat them.

Design Your Way to a Happier Life

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:36:33 EDT

Don’t worry about finding your “passion.” Think like a designer: Try out quick prototypes of multiple ideas to learn what actually makes you happy.