Black Moon's Insomnia Epidemic Is The Most Unsettling Apocalypse Of All

We're living in a golden age of apocalyptic books right now, with everybody from Margaret Atwood to Cormac McCarthy to Colson Whitehead telling apocalyptic tales. We've had a plague apocalypse, and an apocalypse where children's voices are toxic. But the insomnia plague in Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon is still… » 3/31/14 4:30pm 3/31/14 4:30pm

Andrew Sean Greer's new novel is a jolt of pure heartbreak

The last time Andrew Sean Greer tackled a protagonist with a unique relationship to time, we got the magical love story Confessions of Max Tivoli, the masterpiece Benjamin Button only wished it was. But his new book The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells substitutes grief for romance, and the results are achingly sad. » 7/12/13 5:27pm 7/12/13 5:27pm

John Hodgman explains the end of the world to you

John Hodgman is the world's foremost expert on all things canny and uncanny, and everything in between. And today marks the release of Ragnarok, his one-hour comedy special about the apocalypse, via Netflix. To celebrate, we talked to him about the meaning of apocalyptic stories, and why he doesn't love zombies. » 6/20/13 12:46pm 6/20/13 12:46pm

This Chinese house sits in the middle of a brand-new road

What happens when you refuse to sell your house to make room for a new construction project? Lacking the balloons and helium to make an Up-ward escape, 67-year-old Luo Baogen of Xiayangzhang village and his wife decided to stay put, refusing the government's offer to purchase their property. So the government simply… » 11/24/12 5:00pm 11/24/12 5:00pm