A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.
By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ
Orson Welles – born 100 years ago today – and his hoax that shocked the world. Plus: Colin Fleming’s list of five must-hear radio performances from Welles’s classic Mercury Theater productions.
By CHIGOZIE OBIOMA
Katherine A. Powers on a family story of prophecy, tragedy and madness that echoes a Nigerian masterwork.
By JON KRAKAUER
The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven” looks at a national problem through one city’s history of sexual violence. Review by Melissa Holbrooke Pierson.
Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives with symphonies.
The journalist on how her life as a happily unmarried woman became the subject of her incisive new pairing of memoir and biography.
This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.
In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.
The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.
In stories of California and beyond, lonesome criminals try to find their place in the law-abiding world.
A social media network of the near future promises a utopian society – until its branches enter a civil war.
How did an angry Florida misfit become a brutally violent dictator of Liberia? Nepotism.
This week in history: Henry Ford creates the forty-hour work week, forever changing the lives of laborers.
The author of “Tibetan Peach Pie” on authors whose “words themselves can be as thrilling or transportive as any narrative.”
In the wake of a terminal diagnosis, one of neurology’s greatest visionaries leaves behind a legacy of voracious research, loyalty, and “violent enthusiasms”. Review by Daniel Menaker.
The author of “Orhan’s Inheritance” on wrestling with the memory of the Armenian genocide.
The creatures who’ve fostered civilization, from the court of Julius Caesar to your own backyard. Review by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.