Dale E. Peterson reviews
The Pale King

Concluding Unscientific Postscript
Well before this unfinished novel was published, rumors swirled that the author of Infinite Jest had enrolled in accounting courses and was at work on a book about lives enmeshed in the IRS.

Sex, Colds and Croup
A nostalgic trip down hypochondria lane

Shampoo as a Hidden Threat
A journalist makes the case that we are unwitting guinea pigs of the chemical industry.

Baseball’s Real Magic
Two brothers argue that statistics will never tell the real story of America’s favorite pastime.

Short Takes
New books and music