Will readers who identified with “Cat Person” be turned off by Kristen Roupenian’s weirder, pervier debut collection?
Announcing the Seventh Annual Cartoonist Studio PrizeSlate and the Center for Cartoon Studies will once again name the best print and web comic of the year. Here’s how to enter.
Why Alice Walker Got All That Space in the Times to Tout the Anti-Semitic Lizard People GuyThe “By the Book” controversy seems like the result of editors getting a little too comfortable with a long-running, puffy feature.
Cuddling the SkeletonEven in the last months of his life, poet Max Ritvo craved intimacy—with close friends, and with fellow cancer patients, like me.
The Race ManWhy did Wesley Yang call his book The Souls of Yellow Folk when he’s unwilling to look at so many of us?
Jack the Ripper, Now With Extra RedIs colorizing the comic From Hell a betrayal of the groundbreaking original?
RighteousImani Perry explores the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry—and what she represents in the era of Black Lives Matter.
His Struggle Has EndedWhen Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic of the quotidian works, it’s majestic. When it’s about Hitler, it’s jaw-droppingly bad.
Nobody’s HeroesBob Woodward’s new book presents Trump staffers as our last line of defense. We’re doomed.
“The Great Minor City of America”A portrait of Oklahoma City as seen through its basketball team, its weird citizens, and its tornadoes.
The UnnameableThe Booker Prize–winning Milkman grapples with the insufficiency of language to portray an oppressed people.
After the Bad BoyThe wife and daughter Lord Byron left behind spent their entire lives dealing with his fame.
The Birth, Death, and Long Afterlife of The Gashlycrumb TiniesE is for Edward who wrote a gory masterpiece.
How Julie Doucet Taught Me to Make Art out of My LifeThe cartoonist’s My New York Diary is collected in a new retrospective, Dirty Plotte.
“One Gets Into the Habit of Being Oneself”A new Tana French novel broadens her inquiry into the greatest mystery of all: who we are.
All Women Are SpiesA menial office worker gets wrapped up in espionage in Kate Atkinson’s new novel.
On ConsolationWhat I wanted from Barthes was a passage out of the dismal place in which I found myself in my teens.
Can Human Beings Ever Give Up Identity?Gender, creed, country, color, class, and culture. Why do they matter?
Hands on FranzIn Kafka’s Last Trial, Benjamin Balint charts the court battle over manuscripts that were never supposed to exist.
Just Behind the BeatA perfectly timed, well-tuned chronicle of the past, present, and future of jazz.
Where’s Baby? There She Is!Literature ignores the lives of new mothers. With The Golden State, Lydia Kiesling changes that.
Just Read the Book AlreadyDigital culture doesn’t have to make you a shallow reader. But you have to do something about it.