Latest from Michael Dirda

A new book pulls back the veil on the tricks and tricksters through the ages.

  • Jul 18, 2018

“Conan Doyle for the Defense,” by Margalit Fox, shows how Arthur Conan Doyle saved a wrongly accused man.

  • Jul 11, 2018

Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” feels eerily contemporary.

  • Jul 3, 2018

The Paul Pine mysteries, now gathered in “Halo for Hire,” are delicious retro detective stories.

  • Jun 13, 2018

Modern messages in the “Lives of the Eminent Philosophers” and “The Practicing Stoic.”

  • Jun 6, 2018

C.D. Rose’s “Who’s Who When Everyone Is Someone Else” is a delightful genre-bender.

  • May 30, 2018

Michael Dirda’s picks include Alberto Manguel’s “Packing My Library” and “Revenge of the Nerd,” by the actor who played Booger.

  • May 15, 2018

A page-turner that’s also a biting commentary on sexual politics — and chimps

  • May 9, 2018

“The Judge Hunter” reminds us that prejudice and brutality are part of the tangled rootball of our nation.

  • May 2, 2018

Not only was he one of the greatest of all writers of science fiction and fantasy, he also was one of the most beloved.

  • Jun 6, 2012
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