The Browser brings you the best writing from across the web. Every day,
there's a selection of the most interesting new feature, analysis and
comment articles published online. And, in the FiveBooks interview series,
experts explain what to read on their areas of interest and why. With videos and quotations too, it's a rich diet for the intellectually curious

Geoff Dyer is known for his hard-to-classify books of nonfiction (Out of Sheer Rage, Zona) so it’s only appropriate that for his FiveBooks interview he chooses unusual histories.

Why December 25th? Who is St. Nicholas? An authority on Christmas, Bruce Forbes, discusses the history of the holiday and its religious and cultural roots.

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels starring his fictional sleuth. So where to start?

Good Reads

From Lorraine Adams’s novel about terrorists to Galway Kinnell’s poetry, debut novelist and former reporter Amy Waldman picks her favorite novels on 9/11.