This Week's Interview

Fear of Death

Sheldon Solomon

Existential anxiety drives our lives but most of us are too frightened to think about it, says the psychologist and author. He chooses the best books on the fear of death. 

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Book of the Day


The Stories of English

by David Crystal

“The history of English is a complex story and Crystal makes it clear to readers what a paradoxical process has created the English language”

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