What pioneering new research has revealed about the forest
Known as a master of horror, he also understood the power—and the limits—of science.
A previously unpublished novel invites a reassessment of a writer criticized for his doctrinaire pessimism about race in America.
In Louis Menand’s monumental new study of Cold War culture, success owes less to vision and purpose than to self-promotion.
New novels by Rachel Cusk and Jhumpa Lahiri explore the liberating power of isolation.
In her new memoir, Alison Bechdel runs, climbs, bikes, skis, spins, and Soloflexes her way toward transcendence.
How Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan advanced their husbands’ ambitions—and their own
New York is getting more out of the domestic oil boom than North Dakota ever will.
What a new memoir reveals about endurance—and extreme remorse
Sam Sifton’s exciting, but daunting, invitation to improvise
In his life as in his fiction, the author pursued the shameful, the libidinous, the repellent.
Kazuo Ishiguro returns to masters and servants with a story of love between a machine and the girl she belongs to.
Adored guru and reviled provocateur, he dropped out of sight. Now the irresistible ordeal of modern cultural celebrity has brought him back.
Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel explores the mind, and heart, of an internet-addled protagonist.
Understanding America in the giant company’s shadow
For Britain’s leading postwar playwright, virtuosity and uncertainty go hand in hand.
The cause produced undaunted trailblazers, Black and white, who continued to pursue social reform.
Rebel historians chronicle a past that the Chinese Communist Party grows ever more intent on erasing.
What can hunter-gatherer societies teach us about work, time, and happiness?
In Inside Story, his final novel, the comic master delights, infuriates, and secures his legacy.