The writer Kathryn Harrison believes that words flow best when the opaque, unknowable aspects of the mind take over.
Dostoyevsky taught the writer Charles Bock that inventive writing is the most effective way to conjure reality.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's much-hyped debut pokes fun at a privileged New York clan’s money troubles.
The new designs for the book covers of the Bard's plays have a minimalist, modern ethos.
The Japanese author’s guide to “tidying up” promises joy in a minimalist life. For many, though, particularly the children of refugees and other immigrants, it may not be so simple.
“Everything is copy,” the writer used to say—unless it wasn’t.
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.