Neil Gaiman’s remarkable new book has triggered a debate about who, exactly, owns pagan tales.
In only now canceling the Breitbart editor’s book deal, the publisher is left with no goodwill, no payday, and no valid reason for working with him in the first place.
A new history of the most famous lynching in the country provides context on how racism continues to work in the present.
In a dazzling, abstract new novel, the Scottish author experiments with time, history, and art to respond to a tumultuous moment.
The Lincoln in the Bardo author dissects the Russian writer’s masterful meditations on beauty and sorrow in the short story “Gooseberries,” and explains the importance of questioning your stance while writing.
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The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.
The children’s author’s early works have been finding a new audience among those opposed to the “America First” policies of President Trump.
When it was published in 1947, Gerard Reve’s The Evenings was considered shocking for its portrayal of youth in a postwar Netherlands. Now beloved in its home country, the novel is arriving stateside for the first time.
Nato Thompson’s new book explores the history of how music, TV, games, and advertising have been used to influence consumers.
Works by Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck, and Hannah Arendt have also had a spike in interest over the past year.
Gregor Hens’s Nicotine describes a life spent chasing moments of heightened power.
Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of the novel Eileen, opens up about coping with depression, how writing saved her life, and finding solace in an overlooked song.
The president’s farewell speech evoked a flawed American icon—perhaps to remind America of the best version of itself.
The author Emily Ruskovich discusses the uncanny restraint of Alice Munro and the art of starting a short story.
Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love
The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
And the titles their authors say they loved
What the violent suffering in Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot taught the author Laurie Sheck about finding inspiration in torment and illness
The epistolary collections of authors such as Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, and Elizabeth Bishop suggest that old-fashioned communication can offer invaluable insight into the process of growing older.