Working the literary landscape of international espionage, the novelist Denis Johnson specializes in madness.
Dylan Thomas embodied the essence of poetry—even if his poems themselves have not held up well.
Peter Stamm’s All Days Are Night follows two characters in search of a cure.
The active voice isn’t always the best choice.
The odd life and psyche of the man who invented her
Who is the most underrated politician in history?
The secret ingredient of Robin Williams’s greatest role: grief
In her memoir, Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls, opens a new chapter in her campaign of self-exposure.
Three novellas about family
He is 40. You are almost 17. You know his kiss is coming, that day in the classroom, but still it surprises you.
For Marilynne Robinson, who has been called America’s George Eliot, loss and loneliness do not rule out solace.
On food descriptions and status anxiety
His sentences can be awful, his plots are formulaic—yet his novels mesmerize.
What is the most significant fashion innovation in history?
An unusual historical novel
Why Paola Antonelli put Pac-Man, a mine detonator, and a vial of sweat in the Museum of Modern Art
Members of creative pairs on their partners
Despite the mythology around the idea of the lone genius, the famous partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.
From Wes Anderson to Zooey Deschanel to Brooklynites on bicycles, a terrifying aesthetic is overtaking America.
He reinvented acting, and Hollywood hasn’t recovered.
Why we like what we like
The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.
Social mobility has never been easy.
And how the modern world unmade the novel