An experiment on Bowery alcoholics who had prostate cancer reminds of the ethics involved in medical trials.
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy cited her as a “master of the contemporary short story.”
A new e-book features the first prison interviews with the notorious Philadelphia abortion doctor.
Book reviewer Lee Siegel says that negative criticism has no place in today's cultural milieu. But in doing so, he too readily cedes authority.
In her new book, Confronting the Classics, Cambridge scholar Mary Beard reminds that ancient Greece and Rome remain relevant today.
In his latest novel, Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem leaves Brooklyn for a planned community in Queens that remains one of the great curiosities of 20th century urban planning.
While the design changes coming to The New Yorker's pages this week are seemingly on a small scale, they represent one of those rare instances when the magazine actually makes an alteration to aspects of its appearance
Both Jonathan Franzen and Paul Krugman called Twitter a waste of time last week. But is the format inherently inimical to a productive life of the mind?
Do you see that headline? It's written in earnest. So stop gloating about the demise of Tina Brown, who has effectively been fired as the editor of The Daily Beast. If she has failed, then all of us in the media have. Or will. It's just a matter of time.
In a new essay for The Guardian, Jonathan Franzen assumes the legacy of Karl Kraus, the so-called "Great Hater" of fin-de-siècle Vienna. The result is a diatribe against the modern world, full of sound and fury — but not much else.
A cover for the movie tie-in edition of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is a tribute to someone other than the mustachioed writer from Oxford, Miss.
Richard Dawkins, a neo-atheist with a propensity for saying offensive things, says that William Shakespeare, the West's greatest playwright, was not sufficiently educated.
Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, Bleeding Edge, takes place in the summer of 2001, letting him play, for the first time, with contemporary pop culture.
Today's heat, perhaps the season's last spike in temperature, is the perfect occasion to enjoy a hot coffee drink
Patrick Witty, a photo editor at Time, took one of the truly iconic images of 9/11. Now he's asking the Internet to help him figure out who the people in the picture are.
Last night, Anthony Weiner ended his disastrous run for mayor with a crude gesture at a reporter. The middle finger has a surprisingly complex history.
Earlier this week, Politico owner Robert Allbritton surprised the media world with his purchase of Capital New York. Now, Politico editor Jim VandeHei, who will head the Manhattan-based operation, outlines his vision.
The word "intimate" is often used to describe a work of fiction. But what does it mean, exactly? And why should we seek intimacy from literature?
Today, voters in New York City can vote in a mayoral primary that, for the most part, features rather lackluster candidates. Forty-four years ago, they could have voted for novelist Norman Mailer.
Today, U.S. News released its annual list of the nation's best colleges. The usual suspects are in their usual places. So why can't we tear ourselves away?