American Interior author and rock musician Gruff Rhys learned a lot by following in footsteps of a gullible pioneer.
The long tradition of moral ambiguity and unhappy endings in kids' fiction returns with Evangeline Lilly's The Squickerwonkers.
Stone Butch Blues was a gateway for me to understanding love, gender expression, and my girlfriend. It should be up there with the classic coming-of-age novels.
A guide for the perplexed
From Leonora Carrington to Haruki Murakami, disparate writers tap into something universal when they channel the bizarre.
Shakespeare didn't even know what a balcony was—so how did one end in his most famous scene?
The poet, who would have turned 82 today, originally intended the posthumous collection Ariel to close on a few poems about bees, instead of death.
A surprisingly moving and engrossing tale of modern war
Fifteen years ago, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events built a huge following among children–in part because it used highly self-conscious, experimental literary techniques.
A panicked moment reciting William Butler Yeats in an MRI convinced the former poet laureate Billy Collins that oration is poetry's last, most enlightened defense.
Before diehard defenders of the pulpy mainstream trolled the Internet, they trolled comic books.
One about Berkeley, two about China, one more on the art and science of "information farming," and all worth checking out
The polyamorous "sex cult" conceived by the comics' founder wasn't exactly feminist, but it was built on women-empowering, pro-queer ideals.
Ernest Hemingway's matter-of-fact style taught author Vikram Chandra to find sublime in the ordinary, and depth in deceptively flat prose.
A master of fiction about memory and loss, fewer than half his works have been translated into English.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley looks to Our Mutual Friend for inspiration on how to harness the spontaneous, liberating energy that comes from writing imagery.
"Poe-Boy Sandwich," anyone? Boston's newly inaugurated "Literary District" is the latest and most concerted attempt by a city to make a vacation destination out of dead authors' haunts.
1book140, our Twitter book club, celebrates Banned Book Month with Madeleine' L'Engle's frequently blacklisted science-fantasy classic.
50 years ago, Thomas Berger's novel Little Big Man was unfairly dismissed as lowbrow. But as its stature grew, it boosted critical acceptance for other westerns, too.
A crisis of quality in literary criticism led Robert Silvers to found The New York Review of Books—and he believes the crisis continues today, online.