Daniel Boorstin’s 1962 classic on celebrity, fame, and America’s tenuous relationship to facts remains as poignant as it is prophetic.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon discusses what he learned about empathy from Borges’s “The Aleph.”
How literary expression can counter fear and anxiety at an uncertain moment in American history
In the wake of a divisive election, the prestigious literary prize honored three African American authors whose work explores black history.
The journalist who claimed to uncover the Italian novelist’s “true” identity violated a time-honored means of protecting creativity: copyright law.
Since the candidate first began climbing in the polls more than a year ago, writers have imagined what his presidency might look like.
Franz Kafka’s work taught the writer Jonathan Lethem about how to incorporate chaos into narratives.
Nicotine, the author’s third novel, is a humorous meditation on how people balance their public and private selves.
Two new novels by Imbolo Mbue and Jade Chang take on the 2008 financial crisis from the perspective of immigrant families.
The novelist Nell Zink discusses the psalm that inspired her, and what she learned about the solitary artistic process from her Catholic upbringing.
Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.
The poem “Wild Nights! - Wild Nights!” taught the novelist Emma Donoghue about sexuality, ambiguity, and intimacy.
Is literature better at coming up with complex women protagonists than Hollywood? A long history of book-to-film adaptations suggests so.
The contenders include a debut novelist and a previous winner.
Only one of the six writers on the list, Deborah Levy, has previously appeared on it.
Alexander Weinstein’s collection of short stories, Children of the New World, presents a bleak, brilliant view of humanity fully in technology’s thrall.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the young-adult historical fiction series showed me how people move forward after earth-shattering moments.
The novelist and poet Alice Mattison discusses finding inspiration in the unconventional short stories of Grace Paley.
In his coming-of-age book The Cook Up, D. Watkins writes about drugs, race, and class for audiences living in different Americas.
After To Kill a Mockingbird, readers didn’t demand more from its author. For fans of the musician behind Channel Orange, it’s a different story.