The University of Virginia was supposed to transform a slave-owning generation, but it failed.
Over the course of her writing career, she has explored the power and limits of personal testimony in times of crisis.
Karolina Pavlova’s A Double Life examines internalized oppression—and insists on the independence of the unconscious mind.
It wasn’t the light bulb or the phonograph or the moving picture—or anything tangible. It was a way of thinking about technology.
Three new books explore the variety of transgender experiences.
The Blondie singer’s memoir, Face It, wryly recounts making the most of being ogled.
The British novelist’s wry books veer from concrete realism to fractured blends of dream and memory.
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.
Her beauty and celebrity eclipse the real source of her allure—her commitment to aesthetic self-discipline.
Caitlin Horrocks’s debut novel builds on a rich tradition of women writers who complicate the myth of male virtuosity until it crumbles.
The setting of her new novel is terror-ridden Nigeria, a world away from her native Ireland, but the psychic territory is familiar.
In a new translation of the Book of Job, the famously repentant hero gives God a piece of his mind.
The justice’s reactionary legal philosophy rests on faith in the power of adversity to fuel black progress.
A drowning haunts Susan Steinberg’s dark first novel about teenagers’ summer adventures.
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Zora Neale Hurston—spurred on by Franz Boas—revolutionized the way we think about humanity.
Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.
What Do We Need Men For? is overwhelming. It is exhausting. That is the point.
Atlantic staffers pick 14 books to spend time with this season, including Freshwater, Republic of Spin, Killing and Dying, and more.
Riots and parades have made LGBTQ people visible. But a new anthology of writings from before, during, and after Stonewall shows the inward changes as more essential.
Dispatched by Life magazine to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Norman Mailer saw the lunar landing not as a triumph for mankind but as evidence of our hubris.