Why one writer still reads the wildly popular books with a mixture of love and disappointment, 60 years after they were revised to remove racist content
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Sarah Moss’s new novel about Iron Age reenactors could have been a plain Brexit parable. Instead, it’s a deeper exploration of societal cruelty.
With Leïla Slimani’s new novel, a literary genre gets its most joyless installment yet.
Les Paul and Leo Fender were fierce competitors. Their rivalry led them both in the same direction—toward the creation of the solid-bodied instrument that changed the course of rock music.
The Man Booker finalist’s second book explores the transcontinental sacrifices made for love. It’s also an acute narrative about the indignities of traveling as an outsider.
What the debut writer Kristen Roupenian learned from a masterful tale that dramatizes the horrors of being a young woman
Three recent novels demonstrate how fiction can deftly capture the long-term effects of sexual assault and harassment.
Just as cells are the building blocks of the human body, a painting’s points, lines, colors, and tensions are the building blocks of its life.
The fast-food dinner Trump hosted was also an argument: about government, about political messaging, about himself.
Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation takes aim at the EU.
The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text.
A biography published 100 years after the composer’s death reveals the worldly trials of an artist known for his airy fantasies.
The author is best known for arguing that emotional connection could help heal America’s racial divides. But his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk focused instead on the bonds that held black people together.
In a new, authoritative book by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, the Sopranos creator David Chase appears to make an accidental confession.
A collection of political fables from late-19th- and early-20th-century Great Britain offers striking allegories that remain pertinent today.
Dance of the Happy Shades introduces young, female protagonists confronting expectations as firmly rooted as the rural landscape in which they live.
A lush book of recipes pays homage to the inventive culinary contributions of enslaved African women.
From Lauryn Hill to Cameron Post to Tara Westover, 2018 repeatedly asked the question, What does it mean to teach a person to surrender?
The writer-illustrator, whose darkly comic works remain enormously influential today, disdained explanation in favor of the playfully irrational.