The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
The celebrity poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon mesmerized a 19th-century public with hints of dark secrets.
A palliative-care doctor learns the language of suffering and the limits of medical control.
The chief justice writes fiercely conservative opinions, yet champions the Court’s political independence. How will he respond to a constitutional crisis?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us
David Thomson’s fascinating, and frustrating, tour of gay subversion and female oppression in American movies
A leading anthropologist suggests that protohumans became domesticated by killing off violent males.
He was a writer-artist ahead of his time, but Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and American culture have finally caught up.
A new biography squares the decorous legal figure with the feminist gladiator.
In Hark, the characters are distracted, and their author veers between satire and sincerity.
Chris Power’s debut collection, Mothers, reveals that maternity is an unsettling journey.
As tragedy approaches, she is stricken, broken—and at the height of her artistic powers.
The 27-year-old author, Daisy Johnson, pulls off several marvels at once in her debut novel, which made the Man Booker Prize shortlist.
His champions now span the ideological spectrum, but left and right miss the tensions in his views.
Two new memoirs trace their authors’ rise into the meritocratic elite, confronting pernicious myths and brutal realities along the way.
Marina Benjamin’s new memoir aims to soothe the sleepless.
In her new book, Rebecca Traister invokes rage to unify women in a battle against men. But being mad can prove divisive, too.
John Kaag’s fascinating new book about the German thinker seeks to tether philosophy back to the mess of daily experience.
Nicolai Houm’s third novel unspools the mystery of a writer who abandons fiction and winds up alone on the top of a mountain in Norway.