Amy Hempel’s best short stories reveal how rich spareness can be.
The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
A new book from Barry Lopez underscores how the genre has evolved as planetary conditions have worsened.
Chloe Aridjis’s Sea Monsters doesn’t care much for plot, instead seductively gathering energy through images, repetition, and metaphor.
A palliative-care doctor learns the language of suffering and the limits of medical control.
The chief justice writes fiercely conservative opinions, yet champions the Court’s political independence. How will he respond to a constitutional crisis?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us
David Thomson’s fascinating, and frustrating, tour of gay subversion and female oppression in American movies
In a new book, a black evangelical challenges his white counterparts to take full responsibility for their complicity in racism, and to commit to changing America.
A leading anthropologist suggests that protohumans became domesticated by killing off violent males.
He was a writer-artist ahead of his time, but Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and American culture have finally caught up.
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.
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.
A collection of political fables from late-19th- and early-20th-century Great Britain offers striking allegories that remain pertinent today.
Highlights from a year of reading, including Ada Limón’s The Carrying, Tommy Orange’s There There, Madeline Miller’s Circe, and more
A new biography squares the decorous legal figure with the feminist gladiator.
In Hark, the characters are distracted, and their author veers between satire and sincerity.