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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.

Joseph O’Neill on the Comedy of Cowardice

In “The Poltroon Husband,” your story in this week’s issue, a...

Chicago’s Particular Cultural Scene and the Radical Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

In an interview with the rapper Kanye West from 2003, shortly before he released “The College Dropout,” West recounted the time he...

Did Andrew Lloyd Webber Ruin the Musical or Rescue It?

American lovers of musical theatre who blame Andrew Lloyd Webber for pretty much everything that went wrong on its stages, starting in the early seventies, will...

Watching & Waiting: Korea’s Border in 1979

Kevin BubriskiKorean Demilitarized Zone, 1979For four years, as a Peace Corps volunteer working on drinking water systems, I lived in some of Nepal’s remotest mountain villages, many days’ walk...

‘I Should Have Made Him for a Dentist’

Making It Norman PodhoretzNorman Podhoretz, London, 1951Norman Podhoretz’s memoir Making It was almost universally disliked when it came out in 1967. It struck a chord of hostility in the mid-twentieth-century...

Black Mushrooms

The entire fungus world is wild and unnatural. In cottony growths on the forest floor, a few spores alight, and, if moisture and food are available, swell and grow into protuberances, with...

Sunday Reading: The Oscars

It’s been a tumultuous year in Hollywood—one marked indelibly by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which Ronan Farrow first covered in our pages in October. Undoubtedly, the...

Nafissa Thompson-Spires Finds a Place

Nafissa Thompson-Spires is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but, for a long time, she’s also been a...

Indie Booksellers Grapple with Sherman Alexie Sexual Harassment Charges

The sexual harassment charges against Sherman Alexie, which have recently bubbled up via social media, have left independent booksellers in a difficult position.The bestselling author has been a vocal...

Adult Trade Saw Big Gains in October

October was a good month for the adult trade segment, as sales rose 25.8% over October 2016, according to AAP’s StatShot program.The sales gain was led by huge increases...

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