Peter C. Baker is a writer in DeKalb, Illinois.
How J. Edgar Hoover’s paranoid view of literature led him to target African-American writers.
Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.
Joseph O’Neill’s Dubai novel, The Dog.
How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?
The secret history of invisible ink.
How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.
Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon
One anthropologist’s place in his field’s ongoing battle over questions of power, means and ends.
How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.
W.G. Sebald’s Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964–2001; Saturn's Moons; Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald).