Nonfiction

refugee crisis

Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories by Wendy Pearlman.
Wendy Pearlman
6.28.17
Culture

Even Joan Didion's Unfinished Notes Are Good as Hell

In recent years, Joan Didion has been heralded as a literary hero for young women. Although her new book, "South and West," is small and apparently aimless, it nevertheless proves why she should be.
Lauren Oyler
3.6.17
2016

Here Are the Best Motherboard Stories of 2016

A highlight of some of our favorite stories from the year that was (it sure was something).
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
12.29.16
the vice reader

The Surprising Benefits of Hating Everything

Essayist Mark Greif's new book 'Against Everything' doesn't tell you how to live, but it does encourag
Lauren Oyler
9.8.16
mental health

Are We Too Quick to Call Everyday Assholes Narcissists?

Kristin Dombek's new book The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism takes on our culture's tendency to overdiagose.
Kristen Dombek
8.17.16
the vice reader

Are We Too Quick to Call Everyday Assholes Narcissists?

Kristin Dombek's new book 'The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism' takes on our culture's tendency to overdiagose.
Sabra Embury
8.17.16
the vice reader

Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas

Ben Ehrenreich's new book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine explores the large and small frustrations of people living in Israel's shadow.
Munir Atalla
7.6.16
Interviews

How The Range Turns Your YouTube Ramblings into Beautiful Pieces of Music

James Hilton follows up his acclaimed debut with an appropriately fully-realized record called 'Potential.'
Zach Kelly
3.25.16
Stuff

Why New York Is So Terrifying and Alienating

In her new book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing explores the way various artists across several decades have interpreted New York's ability to alienate and exclude its inhabitants.
Patrick Lyons
2.27.16
Culture

The Dark Web Now Has a Literary Journal

The two editors explain how they met on Galaxy, an anonymous dark web social network.
Joseph Cox
1.25.16
Food

Why Is America So Fascinated with the Booze Famous Mobsters Drank?

In a new book by Scott M. Deitche called "Cocktail Noir," the true crime writer explores the bonds between cocktails and organized crime.
Seth Ferranti
11.7.15
All in Your Head

The Creator of 'Lore' Explains How to Make a Scary Story Go Viral

In a few short months, Lore has jumped to the top of the iTunes charts. Hunger for historical horror is alive and well.
Becky Ferreira
10.28.15
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