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Deborah Levy’s Disorienting, Captivating Fiction

The British novelist’s wry books veer from concrete realism to fractured blends of dream and memory.

Sandra Boynton’s Captivating Universe

Her picture books have sold 75 million copies in the past four decades. What’s the secret to her far-reaching appeal?

The Comic That Explains Where Joker Went Wrong

Alan Moore’s classic 1988 story, Batman: The Killing Joke, was an inspiration for Todd Phillips’s grim new film—but not in the one way that really mattered.

The Books Briefing: Remembering Pain on the Page

“The art’s existence is beautiful. But it shouldn’t have to exist at all.” Your weekly guide to the best in books.

The Paradox at the Heart of Know My Name

Chanel Miller’s memoir, like the show Unbelievable, is a reminder of the painful alchemy that turns trauma into art.

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Tegan and Sara Rewrite the Queer Coming-of-Age Story

By revisiting their teen years, the rock duo’s new memoir, High School, and album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, dismantle cultural clichés about adolescence.

What Ta-Nehisi Coates Wants to Remember

The writer’s debut novel, The Water Dancer, is a fantastical love story that seeks to illuminate the forgotten emotional tolls of slavery. “This just wasn’t a physical horror. It broke families,” Coates told The Atlantic.

Neil Young’s Boring, Prophetic Message to Readers

The musician wrote his new book, To Feel the Music, the same way he makes records—according to a highly evolved aesthetic of half-assedness.

The Books Briefing: On Growing Old and Growing Up

Not the same old stories: Your weekly guide to the best in books

How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write

Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects.

Nature Writing That Sees Possibility in Climate Change

A pair of authors tries to maintain optimism about the world’s changing landscapes—but at what cost?

The Books Briefing: Where Books and TV Intersect

From the page to the screen, and back: your weekly guide to the best in books

How Brett Kavanaugh Got the Last Laugh

Far beyond the news it breaks, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is a grim reminder: Many Americans still doubt the seriousness of sexual-misconduct allegations.

The Books Briefing: Campus Life Is Full of Plot Twists

Please turn to the next page in your syllabus: your weekly guide to the best in books.

Boy, Uninterrupted

Ben Lerner, portraitist of talkative men, explores the roots of white male rage.

The Plan to Make Harvey Weinstein a Hero

She Said, the behind-the-scenes telling of one of #MeToo’s most consequential journalistic stories, treats villainy as a systemic proposition.

Misunderstanding Susan Sontag

Her beauty and celebrity eclipse the real source of her allure—her commitment to aesthetic self-discipline.

The Loser-Spy Novelist for Our Times

Mick Herron writes about the broken spies sworn to protect today’s broken England.

The Books Briefing: What the Storms Left Behind

Your weekly guide to the best in books

The Secret Power of Menopause

Why the end of fertility doesn’t mark the start of decline—and may even help explain our success as a species.