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Elizabeth Acevedo’s Work Is a Welcome Rarity in Young-Adult Fiction

The National Book Award–winning author writes complex teenage protagonists whose real-life counterparts have long faced literary erasure.

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John Okada’s No-No Boy Is a Test of American Character

The re-release of a classic novel about Japanese Americans’ incarceration during World War II is an opportunity to reflect on the nation’s persistent internal conflicts.

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The Purgatory That Comes After Losing a Child

When his 2-year-old daughter died, Jayson Greene turned to writing to survive his grief, and to Dante’s Inferno for words to describe it.

My Dad Wrote a Porno Is an Ode to Bad Sex

HBO’s latest comedy special illuminates the art of terrible erotica.

Female Spies and Their Secrets

An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.

Eat Food. All the Time. Mostly Junk.

How the “food revolution” turned us into snackers, guaranteeing the demise of healthy home cooking

In Shakespeare’s Life Story, Not All Is True. In Fact, Much Is Invented.

A new film by Kenneth Branagh is a textbook case of how portraitists of the bard spin a paucity of fact into fairy tale.

Trust Exercise Is an Elaborate Trick of a Novel

Susan Choi’s taut, drama-school narrative asks: Where does art end and reality begin?

Raphael Bob-Waksberg on BoJack Horseman and Writing Surreal Love Stories

The writer talks about his debut short-fiction collection, which channels much of the same caustic humor and heartrending dialogue as his Netflix series.

Richard Todd

Remembering a Man Who Had the Thing Itself

Richard Todd was an editor at The Atlantic in the 1970s and ’80s. He died in April.

The J. R. R. Tolkien Story That Makes the Case for Fantasy Fiction

The Lord of the Rings author once wrote a short tale about a painter that elegantly argues for the value of escapism in literature.

A portion of the cover of 'Dark Constellations,' by Pola Oloixarac

Science Fiction’s Preoccupation With Privacy

Two ambitious new novels build techno-futures in which surveillance offers disturbing new threats.

Neon Is the Ultimate Symbol of the 20th Century

The once-ubiquitous form of lighting was novel when it first emerged in the early 1900s, though it has since come to represent decline.

The Lost Art of Deadline Writing

A new anthology of sportswriting celebrates the poetry written in the press box.

Art After Sexual Assault

Siri Hustvedt’s new novel explores fiction’s role in feminist consciousness-raising.