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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

The Assault on Reason

Archives Charmet/Bridgeman ImagesFrancisco Goya: detail from The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, circa 1810Albert Einstein was awarded a Nobel Prize not for his work on relativity, but for his...

“Writing Teacher”

I hear from my former students occasionally. A few have gone on to accomplish remarkable work. Hear equally from the ordinary and, remarkable. Requests for recommendations,...

“My Plot”

Audio: A version read by the author. It seemed as good a time as any to buyA cemetery plot. The price is...

“Medium”

Audio: Read by the author. In the nineteenth century,I’d have found a medium,a knocking table, a crystal...

Patty Chang’s Arbitrary Acts of Devotion

Patty Chang/BANK/MABSOCIETYPatty Chang: Invocation for a Wandering Lake, Part Il (still), 2016The first artwork in “Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009–2017,” currently on view at the Queens Museum, is...

Between Nouveau and Deco

Wiener Werkstätte, 1903–1932: The Luxury of Beauty 1.The imaginative fervor that gripped avant-garde master builders and artisans around 1900 in Vienna, the capital of the vast and culturally diverse Austro-Hungarian...

The Nuclear Worrier

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Daniel Ellsberg; drawing by Siegfried WoldhekDaniel Ellsberg in his youth and Daniel Ellsberg in his age are the same man—a born...

Down in Trumpland

Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump...

G. Neri’s Antarctic Adventures in Photos

How far would you go for a good story? How about to the end of the world? From October to December last year, middle grade author G. Neri did...

Could You Use a (Reading) Vacation?

When my dear friend and colleague Isaac (Ike) Pulver, the director of the Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) Public Library, served on ALA’s Notable Books Committee, he found he needed to...

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