Before she died, Emily Hale donated love letters she had received from the author while his wife was ill. Now public, the writings reveal his quiet duplicity.
A recent work by the late critic Clive James about his literary idol, Philip Larkin, artfully examines the complex poet’s canon.
A new book, from the hosts of the Switched on Pop podcast, approaches the genre with laserlike focus and palpable enthusiasm.
How to assess an artist who was ruthless—and revealing—in work and life
In 1965, two American titans faced off on the subject of the country’s racial divides. Nearly 55 years later, the event has lost none of its relevance, as a recent book attests.
On the virtues of splitting up for the night
The 1952 film exemplifies the key elements of a beloved Hollywood genre.
The University of Virginia was supposed to transform a slave-owning generation, but it failed.
She Said, Catch and Kill, and other new books tell stories of monsters brought to account. But their defining mood is not exultation—it’s terror.
The Blondie singer’s memoir, Face It, wryly recounts making the most of being ogled.
Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House is a feat—a memoir and historical narrative created amid governmental bureaucracy and resistance from some of her subjects.
A pair of authors tries to maintain optimism about the world’s changing landscapes—but at what cost?
Far beyond the news it breaks, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh is a grim reminder: Many Americans still doubt the seriousness of sexual-misconduct allegations.
She Said, the behind-the-scenes telling of one of #MeToo’s most consequential journalistic stories, treats villainy as a systemic proposition.
Dr. Jen Gunter is debunking junk science about the female body with her aptly titled new book, The Vagina Bible.
A new book argues that informal online communication is sometimes more advanced than even the most elegant prose.
Chuck Klosterman, the author of Raised in Captivity, believes that art criticism often has very little to do with the work itself.
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.
A historian of fatherhood wonders whether the rapid embrace of consumer DNA testing will be seen as a positive development in the future.
Burrow far below the planet’s surface, and even there, humanity has left its imprint.