At the Existentialist Cafe

Existentialism: from the Club Tabou to the 21st Century

Existentialism. You probably haven't heard the term since reading Waiting for Godot in high school, and while its definition may seem murky, it's not just something literature majors are pondering over at Starbucks...

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What to Read This Spring...

Around here the daffodils are in bloom but the rain is still coming down--spring has arrived. So what to read this drizzly (or for some, snow blown) season? We've got a few ideas...

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Memoirs of a Not Altogether Shy Pornographer

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, surprising sauciness from Trotsky's former bodyguard, a big romance in a small book, a young adult novel that examines technology's influence on our world, and more.

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Innocents and Others

Amazon's Best Books of March: Part Two

A new look at an old disaster, an interesting take on globalization (really!), and the latest from a master thriller writer...You'll find all of this and more in the second installment of the Best Books of March. We begin with...

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Is Marie Kondo Crazy?

If there is a cult of Marie Kondo, then after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I would have gladly become a follower and started singing Kondo's praises on a street corner. The book, if you've somehow missed it...

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The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

Weekend Reading

In this edition of weekend reading, super women save the world, one man makes an illegal trek for a good cause, and we take "a stunningly fresh look at plants"...

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The Best Books of March: Biographies & Memoirs

A sampling of our favorite true-to-life stories from March, led by Lee Smith's Dimestore, a collection of autobiographical essays set in Appalachian Virginia.

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Eruption: Countdown to Catastrophe

In May, 1980, more than a thousand feet disappeared from the top of Mt. St. Helens in a black plume of boiling ash and lightning; a shockwave of pulverized rock and liquefied glaciers instantly leveled miles of old growth forest, reshaped the landscape, and killed 57 in its path. Steve Olson's Eruption tells the tale.

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Secrets of a Drug Smuggler

Tom Wainwright's book Narconomics is a fascinating look at the drug business as... a business. As we all know, getting goods from A to B is a critical step for any global corporation. But when your cargo is illegal, it's time to get creative. In this exclusive piece Wainwright shares five of the strangest ways people have tried to smuggle drugs.

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Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy (1945-2016)

Pat Conroy, author of the bestselling novels The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, died on Friday, March 4.

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