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
How Stuart Dybek, a master of the short story, captures elusive memories and moments
What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.
Travels in the land of empathy
Yiyun Li’s latest novel maps new extremes of loneliness.
Edward St. Aubyn, who can make words do just about anything, can’t help mistrusting precisely that power.
The tiny actress showed demoralized grown-ups how much spunky perseverance could achieve.
Forget the recent spate of books on the Fab Four. The only volume you need was published 20 years ago today …
The modern style of clothes emerged in the Depression, and so did the focus on the figure beneath the fabric—with a startling result: as Americans' wardrobes became more similar, bodies diverged along class lines.
Philosophers eager to write for popular audiences are finding readers who want answers science can’t offer.
A new biography reveals a William S. Burroughs both ghastlier and more impressive than many previously thought.