The original cuffed-trouser urbanite on the hunt for authenticity—and undercutting it with his own self-consciousness—was J. Alfred Prufrock.
There aren't "difficult" books and "easy" ones. There are books that are difficult for some people, and easy for others.
Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.
The partnership between the Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager is celebrated in the recently released photo book Bettie Page: Queen of Curves.
National Book Awards finalist Emily St. John Mandel says pomp and circumstance can derail the everyday work of creating complex, flawed characters.
And the titles their authors say they loved
The top cookbooks and culinary histories of the year
Staff selections from a year of reading
Twenty-five years ago, William Styron's autobiography drew attention to the reality of depression.
Our Twitter book club will spend December reading the coming-of-age debut of Zimbabwean expatriate NoViolet Bulawayo.
Brian Coleman's new book lets rap's most influential players talk about their art, largely unedited.
Peter Stamm, author of All Days Are Night, says his work became deeper once he shed some delusions of grandeur.
Children's book writer Tim Federle's latest project: Hickory Daiquiri Dock, a cocktail recipe book that puts a grown-up spin on nursery rhymes.
Pick from among the titles that our Twitter book club nearly chose this past year.
Whether crafting fiction or how-to manuals, self-expression is a negotiation.
A new book celebrates the morbid motif's 20th-century resurgence on the covers of comic books, pulp fiction, and other paperbacks.
The discovery of a rare folio of The Bard's works add to the claim that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic.
The creator of a new documentary outlines how closely farmworkers' lives are connected to what's on grocery-store shelves
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's comic-book epic proves there's still room for originality in the over-franchised world of sci-fi.
A new biography co-authored by the home of the Copyright Office is alleged to lift text from at least five different sources with no attribution.