A new collection of short works by the acclaimed biographer highlights a writer's bold excursions into the characters of his subjects. Review by Katherine A. Powers.
Feminism on Foot
By Rafia Zakaria ×
Around the world, writes Rafia Zakaria, women taking a stroll alone have to weigh the risks. A new book by Lauren Elkins makes clear what that costs them.
The Sinister Hand
By Steve King ×
Seventy years ago this week, President Truman signed an executive order that ushered in the modern "security state." By Steve King
Known and Strange Things
By TEJU COLE
Reviewed by Walton Muyumba ×
In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel
By JOHN STUBBS
Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×
Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.
Spaceman of Bohemia
By JAROSLAV KALFAR
Reviewed by Paul Di Filippo ×
In Jaroslav Kalfař's playful work of science fiction, a Czech astronaut's mission to investigate an anomaly in space leads to an unexpected twist. Review by Paul Di Filippo.
“Kind of a Strindberg Play”: Phillip Lopate Tells His Mother’s Life
By Michele Filgate ×
The award-winning essayist takes on his most complex and challenging subject -- the woman whose personality shaped his own. Profile by Michele Filgate.
A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness
By Troy Jollimore ×
The work of Robert Lowell has always been colored by his legendary bouts with mental illness. Now, Kay Renfield Jamison's "Setting the River on Fire" looks at the intersection of poetry and...
Something Intricate and Fierce
By Steve King ×
This week in 1932, John Updike was born in the Pennsylvania town he would later use as the backdrop of his most memorable fiction.
A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction
Essay by Heller McAlpin ×
In these novels, every picture tells a story. Essay by Heller McAlpin.
By Marcia Butler ×
In an excerpt from her new memoir "The Skin Above My Knee," oboist Marcia Butler reveals the collective mind of the orchestra at work.