“My original aspiration was to capture something massive, to go for broke.” David Mitchell talks about psychic battles and the vision of tomorrow in his new novel.
The acclaimed playwright on motherhood, why theater still transfixes us, and her new book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write.
The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the fate of a doomed Arctic expedition whose scientific discoveries have new urgency. A Conversation with Bill Tipper.
The acclaimed poet on life in the Midwest, the freeing illegitimacy of Twitter, and what feminism means to her.
The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”
We love Mira Jacob’s debut novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Dazzling and irreverent, witty and profound, this is a family saga of the most engaging kind: heartbreaking, hopeful, and alive on the page — which is why we had to […]
In a 1958 interview, Steve Allen tried to boil his trade down to the essence with the sentence “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” The central insight gives the SNL writer her or his due for wrestling with the same essential […]
Maggie Shipstead and Ted Thompson traverse similar terrain in their sharp-eyed novels, balancing the darkly comic with poignant insight, through characters unprepared — and unwilling — for their own, bred-in-the-bone ideas of home and self to slip and shift. Family […]
The “Pope of Trash” talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.
What’s the line between a writer’s life and a writer’s truth? Two novelists pursue the “$64,000 question.”
The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.
Two of today’s best young writers – and sometime collaborators – on ambition, the separation anxiety of finishing a novel, and American history’s dangerous frontiers.
The novelist on how an episode torn from the life of Margaret Mead blossomed into a novel.
The British essayist on his U.S. Navy immersion.
Two young novelists on alligators, MFAs, and the dangers of confusing fiction with fact.