A.M. Homes on the short-story writer’s “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,” and the lifelong effects of fleeting interactions
Simon Doonan’s new book, Soccer Style, summarizes the long and complicated relationship between athletes and outlandish style.
The President Is Missing, co-written with James Patterson, indulges in a familiar trope: the country's top executive as action hero.
As the 2018 tournament kicks off, it’s worth revisiting the late Uruguayan writer’s classic book on a sport he approached as both a fan and a social critic.
Lauren Groff’s new collection of short stories is an ecosystem teeming with life, decay, beauty, and fear.
A Pennsylvania judge’s decision to quote Shakespeare in a recent ruling doubled as a meaningful, yet still ambiguous, interpretation of cultural chaos.
The artist’s new book of collages incorporates magazine clippings, watercolor, and geological formations.
In her latest collection, Wade in the Water, the U.S. poet laureate takes a loving and unflinching look at a country’s present and past.
A new book argues it’s a virtue that can motivate people to struggle against injustice—but doesn't adequately consider the more pernicious ways it manifests in society.
The nonfiction author Cutter Wood on how the comedian’s work helped him imbue minor characters with emotional life
Steven Hyden’s book Twilight of the Gods argues that the appeal of the now-dwindling Baby Boomer guitar gods was only ever personal.
How The Atlantic covered the late novelist Philip Roth from 1966 onward—via scathing reader letters, glowing reviews, and personal remembrances
To mourn Philip Roth is also to mourn a particular kind of literary celebrity.
The writer, who died at the age of 85, was the last of the larger-than-life novelists of the mid-20th century.
How the author’s undergraduate writings on doppelgängers shaped her most famous work, The Bell Jar, sometimes in troubling ways
Remembering the writer’s contributions to the English language, which went far beyond the most obvious catchphrases that he popularized
In his second novel, “That Kind of Mother,” the writer paints an intricate, uncomfortable portrait of transracial adoption.
New books by Sheila Heti and Michael Chabon explore the claims of family-making, and of writing.
The new Showtime adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s novels stars Benedict Cumberbatch as an Englishman ravaged by trauma.
A recent spate of #MeToo stories serves as yet another reminder of the centrifugal forces of talented men.