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
How to assess an artist who was ruthless—and revealing—in work and life
Dexter Palmer’s third novel, about a fantastical medical hoax, doubles as an exploration of the age-old desire to believe the unbelievable.
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.