Why are the most teeming places on earth also among the most isolating? And why does feeling alone in the crowd turn out to be so great for art? Rachel Syme follows Olivia Laing's journey to...
Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean
The author talks about how she set out to write a story of a family -- and discovered she'd created a novel about our obsession with money and inheritance.
Welcome to the Working Week
This week in 1926, the forty-hour work week was born. Can it survive?
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
A legendary journalist pries into the stories behind the story. Review by Peter Lewis.
In Shawn Vestal's debut novel, a young woman's escape route from a life she didn't choose intersects with a 1970s folk hero. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
LIBRARY WITHOUT WALLS
Formerly Future: The Lost World of the Scientific Romance
In the era before "science fiction" and "fantasy" diverged, writers from H.G. Wells to Olaf Stapledon charted new worlds over the horizon and under the surface. By Michael Dirda.
All the World’s a Cage
As the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death approaches, a story of reading the Bard behind bars.
In an audacious twist on Kafka's famous tale, the Nigerian protagonist of A. Igoni Barret's wakes up to a metamorphosis of his own. Review by Hawa Allan.
Reading List: The Pulitzer Winners
Read excerpts from the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners in Fiction, History, Biography and more.
David Means' heady trip of a novel follows a group of Vietnam veterans into an alternate 1970 where a new drug promises forgetfulness from the trauma of combat. Mark Athitakis reviews.
With Her Still: Tom Hart Remembers His Daughter in “Rosalie Lightning”
"I saw our story everywhere." Cartoonist Tom Hart talks about the creation of his heartbreaking graphic memoir "Rosalie Lightning."