Alan Cheuse reviews American Innovations, a new collection of short stories by Rivka Galchen.
Video of a fight between the rapper and his sister-in-law surfaced this week, and many of us watched, pointed and laughed. But, is it any of our business, really?
Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how much of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.
Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.
We continue our series of fever-dream interviews with inanimate objects by chatting with the purse the woman who appears to be Solange Knowles is carrying in the internet's current favorite video.
Whether it's across town or across the ocean, moving is unsettling. But re-creating a meaningful meal — one that connects us to childhood, traditions or travels — can make us feel at home anywhere.
Also: Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1863 letter of recommendation for a job-seeking Walt Whitman; an interview with Peggy McIntosh, who wrote about "white privilege."
Mary Rickert's new magical realist novel stars women often pushed to the edges of narrative: the elderly. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a lovely, uplifting book of friendship, sadness, and healing.
Funny Or Die, a site founded by comedians including Will Ferrell, is finding ways to channel the loose comedy of the Internet into projects both online and on television.
Swede Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2013. He died in Stockholm.
In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.
The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. Imports could lower beef prices, but the deal has American ranchers worried.
Reading a story by Lydia Davis is like watching a magic trick: She shows you a top hat that's obviously empty, and then she pulls out of it something enormous and oddly shaped.
Zack Snyder has tweeted the first look at the big (really big) guy in the dark (really dark) suit.
Chris Klimek remembers science fiction designer H.R. Giger, who kept him sleeping with the lights on for many nights after producing some of the indelible and terrifying imagery of Alien.
You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history for 1979's sci-fi film Alien.
A "Drinkable Book" can be used to treat drinking water. Also: a new book claims to know the identity of the Zodiac Killer; why all books about Africa use the same cover image.
Christopher Isherwood was in his 40's when he met the teenaged Don Bachardy. They spent the next three decades making up a tender storybook world, expressed in a new collection of their love letters.
The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received mixed reviews of his performance during the financial crisis. In his new book, he says he did what was required to "keep the lights on."