This week in history: opportunities for millions of illiterate people worldwide, one library at a time.
Why looking at our dating profiles and status updates might yield a clearer picture of America than any census.
A novelist of the surreal finds his true calling: concise tales of loss, love, and liquor.
Don’t try to do anything else while you read this.
The author of Leaving the Atocha Station takes a Whitmanesque turn.
A Russian novel-within-a-novel unfolds with origami precision.
“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 hole too far away? Use our dropbox, conveniently located in the hip new nightclub located just off the 9th green.”
The acclaimed playwright on motherhood, why theater still transfixes us, and her new book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write.
Reading the history of Labor Day, and of workers standing hand in hand.
An accessible and lively new biography traces the mythic, disruptive life of one of art’s true icons.
What a Frenchman of 1831 can teach us about modern America’s class structures.
A teaching veteran heads — reluctantly — back to the blackboard.