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
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?
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