Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me, looks to Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse as an example of how to speed up and slow down fiction narratives effectively.
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.
James Baldwin's The Devil Finds Work, a book-length essay on race and America and cinema, movingly demonstrates that analysis of art can be art itself.
The Empathy Exams author Leslie Jamison felt ashamed of writing about the physical form until a Virginia Woolf essay vindicated her interest in the fluids and muscles that make us human.
Nominees include works by Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Henry James, and Émile Zola.
As author Ted Thompson learned from John Cheever, a redemptive resolution doesn't erase the darkness of a story, but instead finds the light within it.
Like Superman or Spider-Man, the story of a young Pakistani American named Kamala Khan is both an empowerment fantasy and an assimilation story.
The author of The Woman Upstairs says that writing preserves the worlds we inhabit—even if so much of them dies with us.
England's best espionage writers found fame after World War II, but the spy-fiction genre was born when popular British detective fiction was infused with pre-WWI invasion anxieties.
John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown showed author Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski that great work can happen when you write without knowing where you're going.
Coming to the realization that loving a good book doesn't make you a good person
After a career creating famous images for clients, James McMullan undertakes a project for himself.
Novelist and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein imagines the famous thinker in the modern world with her new book Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.
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Author Dinaw Mengestu says good books help you to recognize yourself in the unfamiliar.
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Author Yiyun Li doesn't just study people on the subway—she studies her characters, unflinchingly imagining their gaze until she understands them fully.
The first published works from the creator of the best show on television were dark, philosophical pieces of fiction in The Atlantic.
Thirty Girls author Susan Minot says great writing—like T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"—is a source of nourishment readers turn to again and again.
The Nobel Prize winner is a role model for writers looking to bridge the personal, domestic details of the short story with the global forces of history, author Kyle Minor says.