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
He is 40. You are almost 17. You know his kiss is coming, that day in the classroom, but still it surprises you.
For Marilynne Robinson, who has been called America’s George Eliot, loss and loneliness do not rule out solace.
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