In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, a comedic inventor of language delivers choice selections words for the women who raised us.
The journalist on how her life as a happily unmarried woman became the subject of her incisive new pairing of memoir and biography.
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.
A primer of fascinating information about the rapport between man and man’s best friend, from Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s guide to “Learning from How Dogs Learn”.
The renowned author of “Missoula” on how we respond to sexual assault, and what we can all do to evolve our thinking on rape and its prosecution.
A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.
Via personal anecdotes, the late 20th century’s most famous composer asks why we score our lives need soundtracks.
This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.
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.
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.