The German sociologist Jens Beckert argues that literary theory can help explain what economics fails to.
In Jesse Ball’s new novel, an angry young narrator adds to the pantheon of tortured but brilliant protagonists.
The 1974 science-fiction novel by D.G. Compton predicted a future where even the most private moments are broadcast as entertainment.
Readers complain about the imagery that adorns the author's highbrow novels. But there's value in embracing the oft-scorned "women's fiction" genre.
In an era fixated with science, technology, and data, the humanities are in decline. They’re more vital than ever.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series championed emotional restraint—an approach I’ve come to both question and appreciate in adulthood.
New fiction collections from Abigail Ulman and Rebecca Schiff feature young female narrators finding their way through a mass culture where individuality is everything.
The Colorado politician John Hickenlooper got his start over a controversy related to his brewing company.
For The Cursed Child play, J.K. Rowling wants fans to #KeepTheSecrets in a way they rarely have before.
The scrappy Belgian reporter was my childhood hero. Reading his books as an adult is a little more complicated.
Why do reality television’s most popular stars so uncannily resemble the heroines of the 19th-century writer’s work?
Arnold Lobel’s beloved books taught children to understand and appreciate their individuality.
For the writer Mark Haddon, Miles Davis’s seminal jazz album Bitches Brew is a reminder of the beauty and power of challenging works.
What a 30-year-old novel reveals about hidden biases
David Means’s debut novel examines the psychological implications of a world where trauma can be erased.
Despite critics’ dismissal of activist-minded fiction, the author Lydia Millet believes that Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book is powerful because of its message, not in spite of it.
The best works written about the accident express profound doubts about language's ability to capture the disaster’s magnitude.
Their imaginations respond to being empowered against the things that terrify them.
The writer Kathryn Harrison believes that words flow best when the opaque, unknowable aspects of the mind take over.
Jeff Selingo’s There Is Life After College places too much emphasis on vocational education and not enough on the virtues of the liberal arts.