Fishy History

What do you do when you’ve made a career of cracking wise, but the things you want to write about aren’t funny anymore? If you’re Sarah Vowell, you produc...Read More

Death of a Robber Baron

H.W. Brands’ The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield is the first book in Anchor Books’ American Portraits Series, which aims to provide “t...Read More

Following the Narrative

This is the part where I’m supposed to summarize in a few hundred words a novel whose narrative takes a “blackademic” on a mission to Antarctica to find a...Read More

Death and Taxes

Maybe the most surprising thing about David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King is how easy a read it is. At 538 pages, it’s anyone’s definition of long. Walla...Read More

The Business of Education

In the early 1970s, Frank Erwin dominated higher education in the public University of Texas System of colleges and universities. He was a key player for Gov. J...Read More

The Devil in East Texas

Devil Red was my rookie tour with Joe Lansdale’s odd couple Hap & Leonard—a working-class white guy and a gay black man working as private investigator...Read More

Legal Lynching

After 18 years of incarceration, Anthony Graves was freed from Texas’ death row last year after the Washington-Burleson County district attorney dropped all c...Read More

Tabbi With Claws

GRIFTOPIA: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a political reporter with as much brio as Matt Tabbi, and as much disregard for the polite formalities of Washington-b...Read More

Hot on the Press

Some people remember exactly what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was bombed or their whereabouts when JFK was shot. I remember reading my first alternative n...Read More