How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Redefined TV Storytelling—David Sims explains how the show, which turned 20 this week, set the tone for the Golden Age of television.
Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying—Jason Guriel makes the case for Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration, which mines the dangers of authoritarianism.
The Lucky Ones Is No Ordinary Coming-of-Age Novel—Amy Weiss-Meyer reviews Julianne Pachico’s remarkably inventive debut.
The Peculiar Power of a Zadie Smith Sentence—Joe Fassler talks to Jonathan Lee about a line from the British author’s story “The Embassy of Cambodia,” as part of The Atlantic’s ongoing “By Heart” series.
We Sell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live—Megan Garber analyzes Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook.
Exit West and The Edge of Dystopia—Sophie Gilbert reads Mohsin Hamid’s striking new novel.
A Forgotten Novel Reveals a Forgotten Harlem—Jennifer Wilson analyzes what Amiable With Big Teeth, a newly discovered book by Claude McKay, reveals about African American history.
John Legend on Underground and the Importance of Empathy—Vann R. Newkirk II talks to the musician and executive producer of the WGN historical drama about the relevance of telling marginalized stories.