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  • 2 debut novels worth drooling over

    2 debut novels worth drooling over

    This fall is crowded with new releases from literary heavyweights from Tom Perrotta and Jeffrey Eugenides to Joan Didion and Haruki Marukami. But it also offers two new names worth searching out: Erin Morgenstern and Chad Harbach, both of whose debut novels offer readers a chance to dive into fully realized worlds. In one, it’s a 19th-century traveling circus that’s open only at night; in the other, it’s a Midwestern baseball field. Both novels feature protagonists who are the very best at what they do. (Morgenstern and Harbach are no slouches, either.)

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  • 2 debut novels worth drooling over

    2 debut novels worth drooling over

    This fall is crowded with new releases from literary heavyweights from Tom Perrotta and Jeffrey Eugenides to Joan Didion and Haruki Marukami. But it also offers two new names worth searching out: Erin Morgenstern and Chad Harbach, both of whose debut novels offer readers a chance to dive into fully realized worlds. In one, it’s a 19th-century traveling circus that’s open only at night; in the other, it’s a Midwestern baseball field. Both novels feature protagonists who are the very best at what they do. (Morgenstern and Harbach are no slouches, either.)

  • Write stuff: The workshop that shapes American literature

    Write stuff: The workshop that shapes American literature

    The Iowa Writers' Workshop, on its 75th anniversary, offers a window into the state of American letters.

  • Moby-Duck

    Moby-Duck

    When 28,800 plastic bath toys are lost at sea, a journalist becomes obsessed with their whereabouts.

  • Whaling shipwreck found in Hawaii linked to Moby-Dick

    Whaling shipwreck found in Hawaii linked to Moby-Dick

    Whaling shipwreck: A shipwreck discovered in Hawaii is believed to be the second whaling ship the real-life Capt. Ahab sailed after the famous sperm whale sank his first ship. The remains of the whaling shipwreck are to be displayed in Hawaii, and may travel to Nantucket, where the real Capt. Ahab lived.

  • Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    Africa Monitor Spain celebrates World Cup win; Dutch blame Paul the Octopus

    As fans of Spain luxuriate in the glow of the country's first World Cup championship, fans of the Netherlands search for an explanation of what went wrong. Some blame the referee, others point to Paul the Octopus.

  • Classic review: Hugging the Shore

    Updike as critic: versatile, diligent, erudite, entertaining.

  • The Road To Woodstock

    One of Woodstock’s creators looks back on the festival’s 40th anniversary.

  • Hooked on Roman mythology

    Hooked on Roman mythology

    What do her students remember most about fifth-grade? Ovid's myths.

  • Firms squeeze the workweek

    Firms squeeze the workweek

    The rise of four-day weeks promises energy savings and more productivity, but only in some cases.