As the world digests the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, we offer a recommendation for Lawrence Wright’s masterful book The Looming Tower, which tells the history of Bin Laden and the terrorist movement that led to 9/11.
We might mock romance readers for how much Kleenex they go through, but they're more emotionally perceptive than others. A new study on the interpersonal sensitivity of readers found that romance readers are better at discerning facial cues and emotion than other literati. But don't worry if you aren't a Nicholas Sparks fan; reading any genre makes you more empathetic, as we've reported on before.
Recommended reading: on dictionary-related panics from The New Yorker. Pair with our own Bill Morris's Millions essay "Prescriptivists vs. Descriptivists: The Fifth Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary."
Joshua Cohen, author of the just-published meganovel Witz, dispenses provocations in The New York Observer: "The targets might be Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Shalom Auslander... When I started this book, I wanted to sleep with their wives. By the time I finished, I wanted to sleep with their mothers."