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.
The new season of the Premier League will be the best ever.
Jessica Mendoza, a former athlete and MLB’s first female TV analyst, brings a player’s sensibility to her job. But she’s still subject to the routine abuse directed at women in sports journalism.
Few Reconstruction-era residences from communities of former slaves are still standing today. The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature the reassembled structure of one.
Lemonade and The Life of Pablo showcase surprisingly conservative ideals about the seriousness and irreversibility of wedlock.
Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has.
In Jesse Ball’s sixth novel—part thriller, part coming-of-age story—a teenager seeks escape through fire.
Has athleticism eclipsed aesthetic spirit? Dvora Meyers’s book traces the evolution of the sport.
Twenty-three years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer comes to the drug’s defense.
Readers respond to our May 2016 cover story.
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The former journalist Kate Summerscale tells the true story of a child who murdered his mother in Victorian London.
Between 1968 and ’75, he plugged into the musical zeitgeist and opened his music to distortion and groove-based repetition, either transcending or repudiating his roots in acoustic jazz.
They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.
A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.
The sisters turned domestic constraints into grist for brilliant books.
Their discovery wasn’t predestined, nor do they dictate our destinies—and current ideas about them may die.
Less visible than the rise of income inequality in America is its impact in shaping the country’s urban neighborhoods. Two books—by Matthew Desmond and Mitchell Duneier—could help change that.