Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Books and Brews: Neal Stephenson on His New Novel and Why He Hates Hops

Neal Stephenson is back with a new book. The best-selling author, who has made a career out of writing epic science fiction novels about topics as diverse as nanotechnology, virtual reality, mathematics, linguistics, philosophy, and future technology, is taking on the ideas of mind uploading and cloud technology and its effects on human nature in Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

The new book brings back a character Stephenson has used before: Richard “Dodge” Forthrast, who appeared in his 2011 book Reamde. This time around, Forthrast is thrust into a digital world after a medical procedure goes wrong, and he wakes up within “an eternal afterlife—the Bitworld.”

Stephenson sat down with us for “Books and Brews” at the Porterhouse Brew Co. Bar in New York City to talk about his new book, combining fantasy … Read the rest

The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

Now that it’s July, you’re probably in need of some new summer books for those jaunts to the pool, beach, or cabin.

So we’ve compiled a quick, foolproof guide to the season’s hottest new reads, cherry-picked for every interest.

Best for Fiction Junkies

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead follows up his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, with a tale about two boys trapped at a hellish reform school in Jim Crow–era Florida.

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Best for Outdoorsmen

This Land by Christopher Ketcham

The author exposes how politics, energy development, and “corporate conservation” have affected the way public lands are managed—or not.

Best for Foodies

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s food writer, follows the acclaimed chef René Redzepi to the Yucatán Peninsula, the Arctic, and beyond, in an epic hunt for the world’s finest flavors.

"They Bled Blue" by Jason Trubow
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Best for Sports Nuts

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The Greatest TV Shows, Podcasts, and Concerts of Summer 2019

The Greatest TV Shows, Podcasts, and Concerts of Summer 2019

The sheer number of podcasts to listen to, shows to browse and binge on Netflix, and summer tours to catch can be paralyzing. That’s why we’re lending a hand and spotlighting the ones you absolutely can’t miss for summer 2019.

Television: Trial and Errors

A miniseries explores how five teenagers were falsely accused of one of NYC’s most notorious crimes. In April 1989, a woman was beaten, raped, and left unconscious while jogging in Central Park. But what sent New York City into hysterics was less the crime than the accused: five boys, ages 14 to 16, all either black or Hispanic. Local tabloids called the group a “wolf pack” and warned of “wilding” youths; a real-estate mogul named Donald Trump took out ads in four newspapers calling … Read the rest

Crime-Fiction Master James Ellroy on His New Novel, World War II, and Why Trump Lacks ‘the Charm of a True World-Class Dictator’

Crime-Fiction Master James Ellroy on His New Novel, World War II, and Why Trump Lacks ‘the Charm of a True World-Class Dictator’

JAMES ELLROY, THE SELF-PROCLAIMED DEMON dog of American literature and greatest living crime writer in the world, is sitting in a red velvet banquette in Elway’s, an upscale if somewhat generic steakhouse on the edge of a largely deserted shopping mall in Denver. Wearing a loud and loose-fitting Hawaiian shirt, he is tall and rangy, his bullet-shaped head freshly shaved, eyes bright behind wire-rim frames. Which is to say that he does not exactly fit in among the early-evening Elway’s crowd—mostly junior execs from nearby financial firms and families with young kids, everyone tanned and happy in that Coloradan way.

Ellroy’s main turf is Los Angeles, specifically the stark and brooding film noir landscape of the city’s post–World War II years. Over the past three decades and more than 20 books, he has staked a claim as the poet laureate of dirty cops and the women who might redeem … Read the rest