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.
“Sabermetrics” changed the national pastime. Now another technological revolution is transforming the game, for good or ill.
Burrow far below the planet’s surface, and even there, humanity has left its imprint.
A new story collection from Kim Young-ha complicates the trope of the relatable murderer and, in the process, puts the reader in a quandary.
Karen Russell’s latest collection meditates on anxieties about mankind’s place in the world.
In Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn wrestles with the conflicting demands of family and autonomy for an undocumented woman in New York City.
An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.
How the “food revolution” turned us into snackers, guaranteeing the demise of healthy home cooking
Susan Choi’s taut, drama-school narrative asks: Where does art end and reality begin?