Second SightTeju Cole’s new book of photography and essays feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of his career.
“When I Write Fiction, I’m in My Body as a Different Person”Arundhati Roy on balancing her dual identity as fiery political commentator and soft-spoken novelist.
She’s Not Like Those Other Feminists Laura Kipnis’ lively, thrilling, maddening crusade against PC overreach in campus sexual politics.
Shalts and Shalt-NotsWhy do the Ten Commandments occupy such a lofty place in the American sensibility?
Read the First Six Pages of the New Issue of the Award-Winning Comic Pope HatsGeorge Saunders loves Pope Hats. You will too.
She Was Right All AlongPaula Hawkins tries to create a formula in her follow-up to The Girl on the Train.
The Anti-PolemicistDurga Chew-Bose’s dense, meticulous writing on identity politics feels like a corrective for our current political moment.
Announcing the Winners of the Fifth Cartoonist Studio PrizeThe best web and print cartoonists of the year win $1,000 each.
Reading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
In Search of Lost TimeThe hipsters at the center of Hari Kunzru’s White Tears invent an ancient black bluesman—but is he real after all?
The Mournful, Lonely Feminism of Chelsea Clinton’s She PersistedIf the broken heart of the Clinton campaign wrote a kids’ book, this would be it.
Oenophiles Gone WildWho would have guessed that a journey through the snooty world of sommeliers could be such raucous fun?
Why Not Al?Al Franken says his book isn’t a prelude to a presidential campaign, but the American people can hope, right?
Killers of the Flower MoonHow does David Grann manage to repackage the historical record so that it arrives with the force of a revelation?
What They Did to My BabyA new memoir by Trayvon Martin’s parents lays bare the emotional costs of watching your child’s murder catalyze a social movement.
Red Pens and Invisible InkEditors do their work behind the scenes, but they can have as much to do with a novel’s success (or failure) as the author does.
Voice in the WildernessIt’s hard to be the voice of a generation when your generation doesn’t need you anymore.
Granta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” ListsBut what can such a list really tell readers about the heartbeat of American fiction?
Spectacle and ImpostorThese essays about female ambition spotlight society’s tortured relationship to women who want to achieve—and our own tortured relationship to ourselves.
The Dismemberment of EuropeA new book aims to sound the alarm over the fate of the EU and the “dark age” to come.
Fantastical MapsRichard Florida is back with another theory about how to fix American cities. It’s a pipe dream—and even he knows it.
Too Fervent, Too Forceful, Too MuchAriel Levy’s memoir about her miscarriage is shot through with a dark undercurrent of self-blame that just might terrify female readers.
“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRB”Ian Buruma on the genius of Bob Silvers, the Review’s cultural influence, and the art of wrangling writerly egos.
Our Disheveled WorldElif Batuman sets out to write a novel as chaotic, random, and intoxicating as real life.