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“Kind of a Strindberg Play”: Phillip Lopate Tells His Mother’s Life

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“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

ARTISTS

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

DAYBOOK

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

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.
Minnows

MUSIC

Minnows

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.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

cultural history

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

One of the most iconic American films may be most significant, writes Glenn Frankel, for the story of the politics behind its creation. Review by Tom Carson.
The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

FICTION

The Case of H.P. Lovecraft: Paul La Farge on “The Night Ocean”

A Conversation with Bill Tipper ×

In his eerie new novel, Paul La Farge spins an episode from the life of the creator of the Cthulhu mythos into a hypnotic tale of literary possession. A conversation with Bill Tipper.
We Can’t Go Back: Mohsin Hamid on “Exit West”

INTERVIEW

We Can’t Go Back: Mohsin Hamid on “Exit West”

A Conversation with Amy Gall ×

"There’s a gnawing sense among most people it seems to me in most countries I go to, that things aren’t going the right way." Amy Gall talks with Mohsin Hamid about transience, imagination,...
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

BEYOND CATEGORY

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

How one new arrival to Manhattan fell in love both with its nocturnal charms and one of its most distinguished residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
Abby Geni and Mathew Desmond Are the 2016 Discover Great New Writers Award Winners

DISCOVER

Abby Geni and Mathew Desmond Are the 2016 Discover Great New Writers Award Winners

Posted by The Barnes and Noble Review ×

The authors of "The Lightkeepers" and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," take the top prizes at this year's Discover Awards.
Refinery Town

BUSINESS

Refinery Town

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

A look at the impact of the petroleum industry on one American city yields a portrait of a community struggling to put its future in the hands of its residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
True Stories and Lying Artifacts

ESSAYS

True Stories and Lying Artifacts

Essay by David L. Ulin ×

In an era in which questions of truthfulness take on political overtones, two writers explore the treacherous literary terrain between fact and fiction. Essay by David L. Ulin.