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In “Can’t Just Stop,” the journalist Sharon Begley looks at the science behind procrastinating, self-sabotaging and self-destructiveness.
Ben Markovits on how universities shape the literary landscape
Paul La Farge’s novel “The Night Ocean” is a many-voiced story about H. P. Lovecraft, his teenage acolyte Robert Barlow and the diary Lovecraft supposedly kept of their love life together.
“Lower Ed” by Tressie McMillan Cottom asks why students sign up for high debt and problematic degrees at for-profit schools.
Containing two excerpts from her notebooks dating to the 1970s, this book uncannily sheds light on some of the divisions splintering America today.
The essays in David Shields’s “Other People” reveal him to be an elusive, humorous ironist particularly interested in sex, sports, selfhood, actors and fiction.
“Divided We Stand” by Marjorie J. Spruill recalls a 1977 women’s rights conference that ended up energizing the anti-feminist opposition.
A philosopher, a bioethicist and a literary theorist wrestle with the question of what makes us human.
Florence Williams discusses “The Nature Fix,” and Jennifer Szalai talks about new Argentine fiction.
A remembrance of reading Proust.
Readers react to an essay about the Bible, a review of recent graphic books about the Middle East and more.
Mustafa Akyol’s “The Islamic Jesus” presents the Islamic Jesus as more of a Jewish prophet than a Christian savior.
“A Conjuring of Light,” new at No. 6 in hardcover fiction, is V.E. Schwab’s 12th book and her third to hit the list.
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Feb. 19 was the centenary of the birth of one of the most distinctive writers in American history.
In “Reality Is Not What It Seems,” the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli takes readers on a tour of recent developments in physics.
In “Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory,” Aldo Schiavone attempts to flesh out the real Pontius Pilate.
In Ellen Umansky’s “The Fortunate Ones,” a painting that went missing in Nazi-occupied Vienna connects the lives of two women in contemporary Los Angeles.
New fiction by Argentine writers uses horror to address ecological disaster and keeps circling back to The Dirty War.
Marilyn Stasio surveys serial killers in Denver, stalkers on the London Underground, brutal bikers in Texas and a mystery-solving house cat in the Deep South.