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
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.
The cancellation of the 2018 award is an opportunity to remember that great works of writing aren’t decided by committee.
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.