The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.
In her new book, Leslie Jamison challenges the mythology and the mystique of literary drinking.
The day after King’s death, the writer-activist wrote a poem about what his loss meant to a movement. Fifty years later, she discusses how his model of leadership lives on.
Nafkote Tamirat’s debut novel is a highly unusual allegory of alienation and hybrid identity.
The album was conceived in the milieu of Timothy Leary, recorded with session musicians fresh off commercial-jingle gigs, and only gradually recognized as something like magic.
One of the most prestigious comic-book series in print today is an unwieldy, profane, and glorious ode to compassion and equality.
When doctors can directly access patients' cerebral reward networks, someone has to decide just how good people should feel.
The author Tayari Jones explains what Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon taught her about the centrality of male protagonists in stories that explore female suffering.
A 45-year-old fantasy novel by the author of The Neverending Story is in many ways a fitting companion to A Wrinkle in Time.
Tayari Jones’s latest novel uses intimate methods of storytelling to depict the dissolution of a relationship.
A new book explores the fascinating medieval history of a word whose current meaning has little to do with skill or labor.
Lisa Halliday’s new book inventively tackles a familiar storyline, encouraging real-world identifications in order to subvert them.
The memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot on how Maggie Nelson’s Bluets taught her to explode the parameters of what a book is supposed to be
In a memoir about her tenure at the helm of Vanity Fair, the legendary editor deftly crystallizes moments in social history.
A new novel by Leni Zumas is both a compelling speculative work and a deeply considered analysis of what it means to live in a woman’s body.
Leïla Slimani’s novel scrutinizes the paradoxes of parenting in a world where the potential for disaster abounds.
The Vanishing Princess, the late essayist’s only collection of short stories, is an eloquent take on the rules governing femininity.
Learning from portrayals of sexual encounters, for better and worse
The author Martin Puchner on the way advances in paper production helped pave the way for The Tale of Genji
Trauma and tragedy play a role in a lot of children’s literature. But it was J.K. Rowling’s series that helped me cope with almost dying.