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Dreams and Nightmares

Nicholas Buccola dissects the dramatic 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley

On February 18, 1965, in the hallowed halls of the Cambridge Union in England, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. debated a resolution: “The American dream is at the…

They Got the Beat

A new anthology considers the role of women artists in rock-n-roll

…Salamishah Tillet, and Gayle Wald; historian Holly George-Warren; authors Gillian G. Gaar and Caryn Rose; producer/artist Peaches; rocker Wendy Case; punk legend Alice Bag; curator Annie Zaleski; and installation artist/oral…

What Truths We Can Stomach

The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist tells the story of two flawed trial experts

Near the end of The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington invoke a haunting line from Flannery O’Connor: “The truth does not change according to…

Coal Miners’ Hero

Holly Gleason bring together an all-star cast of writers for Woman Walk the Line

…How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, a new essay collection edited by Nashville-based writer Holly Gleason, has cured me of that embarrassment. Photo: Allister Ann The musicians,…

Thriller City

Holly Tucker talks with Chapter 16 about her new nonfiction book about historical intrigue in Paris

Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris tells a fascinating true tale of murder, torture, and intrigue in seventeenth-century Paris—and…

Mon Dieu!

Holly Tucker’s City of Light, City of Poison is a nonfiction thriller of Parisian intrigue

It’s been over five years since Holly Tucker wowed critics and readers with Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution. With that carefully researched work…