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.
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The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.
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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.
Daniel Boorstin’s 1962 classic on celebrity, fame, and America’s tenuous relationship to facts remains as poignant as it is prophetic.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon discusses what he learned about empathy from Borges’s “The Aleph.”
How literary expression can counter fear and anxiety at an uncertain moment in American history
In the wake of a divisive election, the prestigious literary prize honored three African American authors whose work explores black history.
The journalist who claimed to uncover the Italian novelist’s “true” identity violated a time-honored means of protecting creativity: copyright law.
Since the candidate first began climbing in the polls more than a year ago, writers have imagined what his presidency might look like.
Franz Kafka’s work taught the writer Jonathan Lethem about how to incorporate chaos into narratives.
Nicotine, the author’s third novel, is a humorous meditation on how people balance their public and private selves.
Two new novels by Imbolo Mbue and Jade Chang take on the 2008 financial crisis from the perspective of immigrant families.
The novelist Nell Zink discusses the psalm that inspired her, and what she learned about the solitary artistic process from her Catholic upbringing.
Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.