In sixteen new stories, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author recasts myths and fairy tales into thrilling modern fables.
Reviews & Essays
The multiple selves of James Merrill emerge in Langdon Hammer’s new biography. Review by Troy Jollimore.
A Booker Prize winner surveys his homeland with pithy humor, and an eye for what lives beneath the surface of “tidy lives.” Review by Anna Mundow.
Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.
In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.
At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.
The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.
The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.
The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.
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”.
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 with soundtracks. Review by Jeremy Eichler.
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.
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.