Brexit update: it’s about to begin

We have a date. Article 50 – the clause in the the Lisbon Treaty that allows a member state to formally begin the withdrawal process from the European Union — will be triggeredRead more »


Get your mind out of the gutter, Kevin. On Tuesday night’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune”—the (usually) good-clean-fun game show beloved by all delinquent schoolchildren faking sick at home—host PatRead more »

Apology Overdue: James Comey speaks to the House

No, I’m not referring to the apology that Donald Trump owes Barack Obama for falsely and recklessly accusing him of wiretapping Trump Tower.  That apology will never come — notRead more »

To Catch a Beat: Jonathan Lethem watches Herbert Huncke in a bookstore

Today we’re delighted to publish More Alive and Less Lonely, the brand-new collection of essays by library hero, Philip K. Dick enthusiast, and puking-cat-doodler Jonathan Lethem. Edited by the brilliant Christopher Boucher, it’s aRead more »

Trump finds a new Irish proverb, and finally looks at a book

It’s hard to think of a week that’s been good for the Trump administration PR-wise, but you could make a strong case that the last week was one of theRead more »

David Cay Johnston? Oh yeah, that guy’s cool.

Unless you’ve been in a coma, you probably know that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and bestselling Melville House author David Cay Johnston broke the media this week, when Johnston showed up on Maddow’s show Tuesday nightRead more »

Drive the snakes out of your St. Patrick’s Day with Eggshells

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re getting in the spirit with this early excerpt from Caitriona Lally’s debut novel Eggshells, which we were delighted to publish earlier this week. In the bestRead more »

They know not what they say: Why a Guardian article about young readers’ appetite for print may be misleading

In the Guardian this week, Sian Cain opens an article called “Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print” with this assertion: Readers committed to physical books can giveRead more »

David Cay Johnston went on Rachel Maddow last night, and maybe you heard about it?

“What I have here is a copy of Donald Trump’s tax returns.” Thus spake Rachel Maddow last night, on a broadcast that had journalists, pundits, and people everywhere losing theirRead more »

Of maps and wandering in cities

Just before I started working on my novel, Eggshells, I was flicking through a street atlas of Dublin. I used a pocket atlas because I didn’t have a smartphone then,Read more »

That “Fearless Girl” sculpture should stay up — as a reminder of the Democratic Party

She stands with her hands on her hips and a ponytail flying in the wind. She squints her eyes and plants her feet in the earth with tremendous courage andRead more »