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.
In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, a comedic inventor of language delivers choice selections words for the women who raised us.
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”.
The renowned author of “Missoula” on how we respond to sexual assault, and what we can all do to evolve our thinking on rape and its prosecution.
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.
The journalist on how her life as a happily unmarried woman became the subject of her incisive new pairing of memoir and biography. A conversation with Michele Filgate.
This week in history: torpedoes tear through the RMS Lusitania, forever changing modern warfare.
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.
Katherine A. Powers on a family story of prophecy, tragedy and madness that echoes a Nigerian masterwork.
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.
In this month’s Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.
The next chapter of a Norwegian memoir-turned-phenomenon finds the author as a young substitute teacher craving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Michael Dirda on the turn-of-the-century Australian writer who fondly placed his villains in the spotlight.