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Confessions of a Mask

Writer Brendan Koerner reviews Yukio Mishima's classic novel, "Confessions of a Mask."More

Absalom, Absalom!

Nic Pizzolatto bookmarks "Absalom, Absalom!" by William Faulkner.More

the flame alphabet

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard recommends a chilling read: "The Flame Alphabet" by Ben Marcus.More

steady state economics

Writer Benjamin Kunkel bookmarks Herman Daly's "Steady-State Economics."More

Mythologies

Eric Jarosinski bookmarks "Mythologies" by Roland Barthes.More

The Dog of the South

The author of "Blood Will Out" recommends Charles Portis' comic tale of a hapless Southerner on the hunt for the wife who done him wrong.More

Barbed wire

Most of us will never know what life in prison is really like, but criminal justice reporter Shane Bauer had a wild idea to gain access: for four months he worked undercover as a guard at a private prison.More

The Blue Sword

Nicola Griffith recommends Robin McKinley's "The Blue Sword."More

Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment.More

Bastøy Prison from the air

For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries. She points to Norway as a model of humane reform.More

Dazzle of the Day

Karen Joy Fowler bookmarks "Dazzle of Day" by Molly Gloss.More

Attica Prison entrance

The Attica Prison riot is remembered as one of the bloodiest and savage of its kind, but historian Heather Ann Thompson is challenging that familiar narrative.More

"Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.

Novelist Richard Powers bookmarks "Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.More

Season of Migration to the North

Hanan Al-Shaykh bookmarks "Season of Migration to the North" by Tayeb Salih.More

athlete

You know those moments when everything clicks and you’re performing at your peak? There’s a science behind flow states.More

basketball

Neuroscientist John Krakauer blasts the “dumb jock” stereotype with research on the cognitive brilliance of athletes.More

shoe

So you’re a serious runner? Consider the Self-Transcendence Race, running around the same half-mile loop for 3,100 miles.More

Tommy Caldwell, at his base camp in the middle of the Dawn Wall.

Tommy Caldwell talks about his lifelong obsession with climbing.More

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