Books

When the Mob Expanded Into Small-Town America

In the new book ‘Smalltime,’ Russell Shorto investigates his own family and the long reach of organized crime after Prohibition

‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Is the Perfect Journey for a Sensitive Kid

Norton Juster’s classic novel isn’t about good versus evil, but reason, emotion and self-discovery

The Last Gasp of the Gen X Nerd Kings

A crappy sequel book and a disgraced genre director are signs of a very specific type of guy and so-called generational voice on the way out

Coronavirus Erotica Tells the Unhinged History of a Plague Year

You can tell a lot about what we’ve been through from our pandemic-themed smut