Melissa Broder of So Sad Today finds solace in Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death and in her own creative process.
Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel helped introduce the idea of the “modern individual”—a surprisingly radical concept for readers at the time.
The author Ethan Canin probes the depths of a single sentence in Saul Bellow’s short story “A Silver Dish.”
The iconic American author of To Kill a Mockingbird died a few months shy of her 90th birthday.
Philip Roth taught the author Tony Tulathimutte that writers should aim to show all aspects of their subjects—not only the morally upstanding side.
In Darryl Pinckney’s new novel, a Chicagoan expatriate in Berlin seeks self-recognition while indulging the familiar literary impulse to escape.
The script for J.K. Rowling’s new play, set to premiere in the summer, will also be published in book form.
From vending machines to coffee sleeves, a number of projects around the world are using guerrilla marketing tactics to promote reading.
An avant-garde offshoot of 1940s surrealism offers new insight into exploring the topography of gaming.
The author Paul Lisicky describes how Flannery O’Connor pulls her subjects apart to make them stronger.
A new CBS series will have an actress of color play a grown-up version of the beloved teenage sleuth.
Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tend to focus on moral realism.
From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.
Several novels this year starred female protagonists as flawed and interesting as literature’s most memorable male characters.
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
The top cookbooks and culinary histories of the year
The Blizzard, the writer’s latest novel, is the next chapter in his wildly oscillating relationship with his mother country.
And the titles their authors say they loved
The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
The writer Kevin Barry believes that the medium’s best hope lies in the mesmerizing power of audio storytelling.