Into That Good Night A fascinating new book explores what it really means to have a “good death”—and how America is doing end-of-life care wrong.
The Wilder Women The publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s letters reveal more about the collaboration—and the politics—of Laura and her daughter Rose.
Tristram Shandy: The Comic BookGraphic novelist Martin Rowson on how he adapted Sterne’s unadaptable masterpiece.
What a CharacterThe fragile, young savant in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut novel joins the ranks of our best child protagonists.
“I Would Never Forgive Myself if I Let the Book Go Out”Alexander Chee on why, three years ago, he withdrew his novel The Queen of the Night just before publication.
Indistinguishable From Magic In its third decade, Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series explores the magic of systems and words.
Life SentenceIn the winding sentence that opens Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne encapsulates the rich, lunatic character of the book and its protagonist.
Wild and FreeThis bold new novel about a woman’s relationship with a squirrel blurs the line between eccentricity and madness.
A Triumphant FailureFor Sterne, the central fact of life is impotence. His hero is wise enough to embrace it.
A Conversation With The New York Times’ A.O. ScottOn the purpose of film criticism, the academy’s diversity problem, and why Leo DiCaprio shouldn’t get an Oscar for 2.5 hours of grunting.
Textual HazardsRachel Cantor’s second novel examines a navel-gazing translator’s crumbling personal life.
Literature’s Greatest MansplainerThe women in Tristram Shandy barely get a word in edgewise. It’s still a great feminist novel.
The Vindicated ParentsA history of autism hints at why the vaccination scare has taken hold so firmly.
Dare to DisappointOzge Samanci’s charming cartoon memoir of a regimented—yet still often surprising—childhood in Turkey.
The Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Richard McGuire, Chris Ware, and Noelle Stevenson.
Let Loose the Laws of WarHow the Obama administration determined the legality of its anti-terrorism policies.