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Randall Munroe Explains It All for Us

In “Thing Explainer,” Mr. Munroe, a former NASA roboticist turned cartoonist, describes scientific concepts using the most basic English.

‘Dark Knight III: The Master Race’ Comic Book Prompts Reflection and a Look Ahead

Frank Miller, the creator of the “Dark Knight” Batman comics series, spoke about the character and the series ahead of the Wednesday release of the latest “Dark Knight” issue.

‘Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal,’ by Jay Parini

A new biography of Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, social and political player.

‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’

Three volumes bring into focus the breadth and coherence of Levi’s genius.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Beatlebone,’ an Imagined Trip With John Lennon

Kevin Barry’s new novel follows an emotionally raw Lennon on a 1978 journey through western Ireland to commune with nature and himself.

Adam Johnson, Inspired by Holograms, Humor and Escape

Mr. Johnson, whose “Fortune Smiles” won the National Book Award for fiction, talks about his surprise at winning and why he became a writer.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Anybody’s Expert’

Mr. Coates reflects on winning the National Book Award for “Between the World and Me,” and about his dislike of being called a public intellectual.

Greek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay

The credit card size fragment is believed to contain about six lines of the Gospel of John on one side and an unidentified Christian text on the other.

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: David Hare’s Memoir

Hare discusses “The Blue Touch Paper,” and Sarah Vowell talks about “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.”

The Shortlist: Faction

New novels include roles for Friedrich Engels, Alice James and Mark Twain.

Author’s Note: Aural Sex

Audio recordings of erotic fiction are a booming business.

‘The Money Makers,’ by Eric Rauchway

Monetary policy’s role in overcoming the Great Depression.

‘Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty,’ by Dan Jones

Magna Carta’s historical importance is still debated, but the story behind it has its own merits.

Joe Klein’s ‘Charlie Mike’

A group of veterans start a volunteer organization for soldiers who have returned to civilian life.

‘Lights Out,’ by Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel says a cyberattack on the nation’s power sources is likely, and we’re nowhere near ready.

‘Soda Politics’ and ‘Saving Gotham’

Two books examine the dire health consequences of soda, and the effort to limit them.

‘Augustine: Conversions to Confessions,’ by Robin Lane Fox

A British historian covers roughly the first half of ­Augustine’s life, running from his youth to the writing of “Confessions.”

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