Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley looks to Our Mutual Friend for inspiration on how to harness the spontaneous, liberating energy that comes from writing imagery.
"Poe-Boy Sandwich," anyone? Boston's newly inaugurated "Literary District" is the latest and most concerted attempt by a city to make a vacation destination out of dead authors' haunts.
1book140, our Twitter book club, celebrates Banned Book Month with Madeleine' L'Engle's frequently blacklisted science-fantasy classic.
50 years ago, Thomas Berger's novel Little Big Man was unfairly dismissed as lowbrow. But as its stature grew, it boosted critical acceptance for other westerns, too.
A crisis of quality in literary criticism led Robert Silvers to found The New York Review of Books—and he believes the crisis continues today, online.
In The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis uses brutal humor to contemplate the same atrocity he examined in 1991's Time's Arrow.
Help choose which illicit classic that 1book140, our Twitter book club, will discuss.
Richard McGuire's innovative 1989 comic strip Here, depicting one location over centuries, returns as a museum exhibition and book.
The Cloud Atlas author keeps a James Wright poem as a reminder to live in the now.
Data from learning software reveals that novels surge in popularity when they're turned into films.
The Wilco singer says Daniel Johnston epitomizes his mostly instinctual creative process.
Join our Twitter book club to read the comic artist's coming-of-age memoir.
Novelist Edan Lepucki looks to the subversive metaphors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale for lessons in channeling characters' weird, rebellious spirits.
Readers might think nonfiction books are the most reliable media sources there are. But accuracy scandals haven't reformed an industry that faces no big repercussions for errors.
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.