The novelist asks how we recognize the truth when it enters the world.
The more humans understand about their behavior, the more inaccessible their world seems.
Lawrence Wright’s The End of October has been heavily touted for its prescience, but the one thing it didn’t anticipate is heartening.
Mary South’s stories of loss are deft parables about the false protection of machines. They also feel particularly apt right now.
Robert Stone set out to capture the national condition in fiction, a goal that’s more relevant than ever.
America’s greatest sculptor gave objects a playful life of their own.
The deportation of Native Americans westward in the 1830s was fueled by busy bankers and unchecked avarice.
The dark history of how coffee took over the world
In Maisy Card’s vivid debut, These Ghosts Are Family, spirits expose long-held secrets within fractured families and nations alike.
Two recent novels cannily use all-girls-campus settings to create worlds that feel women-focused but prove to be the reverse.
As the author’s remarkable trilogy ends, her epic hero’s self-mastery is newly in doubt.
In Emily St. John Mandel’s disaster-steeped fiction, a derailed life can take multiple forms.
What the president understood that the zealous Republican reformers in Congress didn’t
On the literary merits of presidential writing
Over the past half century, siding with the powerful against the vulnerable has been the rule in almost every area of the law.
Kiley Reid’s debut novel is a funny, fast-paced, empathetic examination of privilege in America.
Ida Tarbell championed reportorial methods and investigative goals that are as potent today as ever.
Drawn into the tech world, a 20-something wonders why she—and the rest of us—didn’t wise up to the grandiose myopia sooner.
A new book, from the hosts of the Switched on Pop podcast, approaches the genre with laserlike focus and palpable enthusiasm.
The self-sabotaging rage of the New York Times columnist