Her marriage broken, her house dismantled, Rachel Cusk has broken apart her fiction, too, remaking it in new ways.
The self-medicating effects of extreme-fitness TV
A very short book excerpt
What makes things cool?
The joy of cooking in miniature
A new history of the essay gets the genre all wrong, and in the process endorses a misleading idea of knowledge.
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
Her new novel, Swing Time, explores how dance can and can’t transcend racial barriers.
Many Americans could have gone either way during the Revolution.
In his most recent book, Alex Beam details the disintegration of Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson’s friendship.
The animal so many dote on is among the world’s most destructive predators.
The wicked vendettas of Thomas De Quincey, the author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Nearly half a century ago, a feminist art historian asked why there had been no great female artists. A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.
She is renowned for championing urban diversity, but her real prescience lay in her fears about the fragility of democracy.
How the childlike fervor of Guillermo del Toro’s imagination turns genre films into art
Astrid Lindgren’s translated diaries don’t dwell on the origin of the popular fictional character—but rather illuminate the turbulent surroundings she emerged from.
Since before he was the Boss, he's turned to rock and roll to create order out of an anxious and chaotic life.
It’s the site and source of disappointed hope.
A biography by Ruth Franklin captures Shirley Jackson’s punishing upbringing and marriage, which perhaps informed the destruction of heroines in her work.
Sebastian Smee’s group biography details four incentivizing rivalries between famous painters as they strove for excellence.
The punk-rock appeal of the GOP nominee
Westworld, HBO’s new series, reframes the classic monsters-run-amok plotline: The audience watches androids become more human—as the humans become less so.
Russian audiences swooned over Van Cliburn during a fraught period in relations with his home country. Nigel Cliff tells the humble musician’s story in a new biography.
More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted changed how Americans think about public space.
With his new novel, Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer adds to the emerging literature of the Gen X male’s midlife crisis.