These ostensible paradises have a dark side.
What I’ve learned about Dublin, and myself, in a lifetime of reading Ulysses
When writing across cultural divides flattens characters
A father dares to explore his rage.
The director brings his signature theme—adventurers who share his quixotic compulsions—to his debut novel.
Tom Perrotta reassesses his ’90s antihero.
The shared history of apes and humans has long been put to political use.
Elif Batuman’s curious experiment in fiction
Who gets to keep a secret in a hyperconnected world?
A new book argues that the conflict was a battle for empire.
Do Jennifer Egan’s tricks still work?
The country wanted modern prosperity and traditional values. It could only have one.
The friendship that made On the Road—and the Beat Generation—possible
His approval rating hit historic lows, his party was fractious, crises were everywhere. But Truman rescued his presidency, and his legacy.
Revered as a national symbol, reviled as an actual bird
What everyone gets wrong about Sheila Heti’s fiction
Does acting need to be grueling to be good?
Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel tweaks American history and traces the disorienting consequences.
Cast into political exile, and into darkness by his failing eyesight, John Milton was determined to accomplish “things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.”
The idea that such a catastrophe is unavoidable in America is inflammatory and corrosive.