The 20th-century Bohemian writer Johannes Urzidil fled his embattled birthplace just before World War II, never to return—except in the stories he wrote.
The Hulu show has created a world that’s visually and psychologically unlike anything in film or television.
A new biography takes a meticulous, at times exhausting, look at the revered writer’s life and work.
Hannah Tinti, the author of The Good Thief, explains what she learned about patience and risk from the T.S. Eliot poem "East Coker."
Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This fuses existential prose and breathtaking illustration.
Julie Buntin’s Marlena is the latest in a string of novels to frame a coming-of-age narrative around an intoxicating teenage girl.
Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut story collection takes a dystopic look at human life, but pulls back from the brink of total bleakness.
How a decades-old literary argument adds insight to the debate over the popular nonfiction podcast
The award-winning author discusses the poetry of Wendell Berry, and the importance of abandoning yourself to mystery.
Beauty and the Beast, a new collection of folk stories from around the world, explores the strangeness of interspecies relationships.
The bestselling young-adult book by Angie Thomas looks at police violence through the eyes of a teen girl.
A new collection of the author’s classroom chats reveals his lifelong quest to reevaluate reality.
The legendary cartoonist talks about turning one of his most irascible protagonists into someone who could be the hero of his own film.
The memoirist Melissa Febos discusses how an Annie Dillard essay, “Living Like Weasels,” helped refocus her life after overcoming addiction.
The fallen archangel and antagonist of the epic poem Paradise Lost was a self-made, individualistic iconoclast.
The prolific cookbook author, who introduced ciabatta to Americans, died at age 76.
Discovered 70 years after it was written, Claude McKay’s Amiable With Big Teeth depicts an overlooked time in African American history when communism and black nationalism found themselves entangled.
Mohsin Hamid’s striking, lyrical new novel explores how lives can be upended in the blink of an eye.
Dissecting a line from the author’s story “The Embassy of Cambodia,” Jonathan Lee questions his own myopia as a novelist.
How to challenge Islam while defending its adherents