The scrappy Belgian reporter was my childhood hero. Reading his books as an adult is a little more complicated.
Why do reality television’s most popular stars so uncannily resemble the heroines of the 19th-century writer’s work?
Arnold Lobel’s beloved books taught children to understand and appreciate their individuality.
For the writer Mark Haddon, Miles Davis’s seminal jazz album Bitches Brew is a reminder of the beauty and power of challenging works.
What a 30-year-old novel reveals about hidden biases
David Means’s debut novel examines the psychological implications of a world where trauma can be erased.
Despite critics’ dismissal of activist-minded fiction, the author Lydia Millet believes that Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book is powerful because of its message, not in spite of it.
The best works written about the accident express profound doubts about language's ability to capture the disaster’s magnitude.
Their imaginations respond to being empowered against the things that terrify them.
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.