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.
The Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, who died today at age 88, revealed to The Atlantic in 1992 and 2002 the ways education had influenced her work.
The lesson author Dorthe Nors took from Ingmar Bergman: It's not drugs, poverty, or wild lovers that make a great writer. It's discipline and time alone.
Discuss an acclaimed romance with our Twitter book club all this month.
Looking back on a troubled union, Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation nails the mundane intimacy and emotional complexity of married life after the "happily ever after."
Rebecca Mead, New Yorker staff writer and author of My Life in Middlemarch, shares what Eliot's Middlemarch taught her about love, marriage, and journalism.