The 18th-century economist's works had a lot in common with the popular fiction of his time, even if he professed to disdain it.
The Cloud Atlas author's new book is metaphysical, metamorphic, and maybe too meta for its own good.
Timothy Olyphant, star of TV’s Justified, reads a passage from the 1976 novel Swag.
Author Stephan Eirik Clark returns to Don DeLillo's White Noise for lessons in interrogating American culture.
Artists and writers are showing some sympathy for the real-life, man-eating Mocha Dick.
Memoirist Sean Wilsey says he knows he's finished with a story when it makes him laugh.
A Midsummer Night's Dream got it right, Richard Bausch says: Authors must find a way to turn nothing into something.
What in Lev and Austin Grossman's upbringing led them both to make a life in writing?
Two professors' inquiry into the written word is trying to demolish paper vs. digital binaries.
How his politics shaped his art
Drew Friedman's new book vividly illustrates the men and women behind the early comics boom.
Even the most abstract of mediums, comic-adapted poetry, finds beauty in the rubble.
TJ Jarrett on how her IT career fits in with her life as a writer
The stereotype that only men want to read superhero stories is wrong—but just how wrong?
William T. Vollmann, author of Last Stories and Other Stories, explains why he works by an assassin's credo: "Nothing is true; all is permissible."
So many worthy titles never get a chance to find an audience. What's a conscientious reader to do?
The comics zine stays angry, even if it doesn't have Reagan to skewer anymore.
Join our Twitter book club to read a dystopian fast-food space comedy.
The choices for our Twitter book club this month range from Cthulian horror to pizza-delivery absurdism.