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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.

Can a Translation Be a Masterpiece, Too?

Private Collection/Look and Learn/Bridgeman ImagesAn engraving, nineteenth century Do the beliefs we hold about literature add up to something consistent and coherent? Or are they little more than random pieties?...

“Cream,” by Haruki Murakami

So I’m telling a younger friend of mine about a strange incident that took place back when I was eighteen. I don’t recall exactly why I brought it up....

Haruki Murakami on Asking the Right Questions

In “Cream,” your story in this week’s issue, the narrator recounts to a younger friend a strange incident that happened to him years before. Why did you choose to...

How to Read the Good Books

It is a brave critic who gives a bad review to Muhammad’s meters, a daring one who sniffs at Moses’ prose or returns Paul’s letters. When we enter into...

Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African “Game of Thrones”

I read an early galley of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” late last summer. When I saw James at Comic Con, in the fall, he told me that I had...

Duty, Honor, and Friendship: Talks with Claire Gibson

In her debut novel, Beyond the Point (Morrow, Apr.), Gibson delves into life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and three young women who stand at the...

The Science of Parenting: PW Talks with Emily Oster

New parents receive such an abundance of child-rearing advice—anecdotes about sleep training and breastfeeding, warnings about overscheduling, horror stories about potty training and preschool—that making the right decisions for...

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Pillow Plotting: PW Talks with Marc Cameron

Cameron, a contributor to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan franchise, launches a thriller series set in Alaska with Open Carry (Kensington, Mar.), featuring Deputy U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter.How do you...

Rooted in Houston: PW Talks with Bryan Washington

Washington’s debut collection, Lot (Riverhead, Feb.), maps the sprawl of Houston and the relationships within it, especially those between young black and brown boys.What does being from Houston mean...

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