The influence of geeks with guitars on culture, from DIY to social media
Can Pete Docter’s new movie change the way viewers think about their emotions?
The legendary New Yorker writer freely mixed fact and fiction—much of what he wrote wouldn’t meet today’s fact-checking standards. But maybe literary journalism has lost more than it’s gained.
What MoMA gets right and wrong in its controversial exhibition on the Icelandic pop icon
A new novel portrays the young writer of The Pickwick Papers as a conniving founder of modern mass culture.
In his final novel, Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf proved that he could still speak the language of the young.
Saul Bellow never ceases to give biographers a hard time.
Weighing whether the writer is a real custodian of journalistic values or just an overqualified provocateur
Are Enlightenment ideas messing with your head? Only if you don’t understand them.
Michele A. Roberts, the first female head of the NBA players union and a newcomer to pro sports, prepares take on the league's owners in a battle that could go far beyond basketball.
The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God
Craft distillers put their money where Nancy Fraley’s nose is.
The curious evolution of a slur
“The Joan Didion of Australia” writes a masterful book about a real-life family tragedy.
Adam Thirlwell, a virtuosic young British novelist, indicts the morals of a pampered generation.
In an era of chronic self-exposure, authors are pushing back against naked revelation.
Political mockery thrives on a more cynical spirit than Veep and the American House of Cards can muster.
Kirstin Valdez Quade’s theatrical new short-story collection
As more U.K. publications woo U.S. readers, British and American English are mixing in strange, sometimes baffling, ways.
A centennial revival of too much of his work risks dooming America's poet of many voices to oblivion.
Kazuo Ishiguro, master of buried secrets, on losing the past
A new book suggests that the love song has always been among the most revolutionary of musical forms.
The hidden-camera show What Would You Do? reveals the persistence of American decency.
Father's Day 1972—an oddball quest