John Lennon’s Alter Ego

On the anniversary of the Beatle’s assassination, turning to his wild, controversial biographer for enlightenment


A Math Genius’s Sad Calculus

Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry, pens a disturbing new memoir on mathematics—and survival


Memory Palaces

Three of the five memoirs up for a National Book Critics Circle award are by Jewish women, who somehow leave out the juiciest introspection

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