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Will readers who identified with “Cat Person” be turned off by Kristen Roupenian’s weirder, pervier debut collection?

Dec. 26 2018 9:00 AMAnnouncing 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.
Dec. 19 2018 4:11 PMWhy 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.
Dec. 14 2018 8:30 AMThe Best Audiobooks of 2018
Dec. 5 2018 9:00 AMCuddling the SkeletonEven in the last months of his life, poet Max Ritvo craved intimacy—with close friends, and with fellow cancer patients, like me.
Dec. 3 2018 9:00 AMChanging the LoreN.K. Jemisin is reimagining other worlds, and ours.
Nov. 5 2018 10:54 AMThe Race ManWhy did Wesley Yang call his book The Souls of Yellow Folk when he’s unwilling to look at so many of us?
Oct. 26 2018 11:57 AMJack the Ripper, Now With Extra RedIs colorizing the comic From Hell a betrayal of the groundbreaking original?
Oct. 5 2018 12:04 PMPeggedWhy do people think personality tests reveal the real you?
Sept. 19 2018 10:00 AMHow Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Relatives Felt About Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Book“Your f—ing struggle.”
Sept. 17 2018 5:45 AMRighteousImani Perry explores the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry—and what she represents in the era of Black Lives Matter.
Sept. 12 2018 9:30 AMHis 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.
Sept. 9 2018 4:57 PMNobody’s HeroesBob Woodward’s new book presents Trump staffers as our last line of defense. We’re doomed.
Sept. 6 2018 9:00 AMThe Agony of BureaucracyA conversation with Lydia Kiesling about The Golden State.
Aug. 24 2018 7:30 AM“The Great Minor City of America”A portrait of Oklahoma City as seen through its basketball team, its weird citizens, and its tornadoes.
Aug. 15 2018 3:04 PMHow Nuclear War HappenedA new novel tells the story behind the terrible U.S.–North Korea war of 2020.
Dec. 20 2018 6:51 PMWant a Best-Seller? Put the F-Word in the Title.
Dec. 19 2018 10:00 AMThe UnnameableThe Booker Prize–winning Milkman grapples with the insufficiency of language to portray an oppressed people.
Dec. 10 2018 5:55 AMThe 10 Best Books of 2018
Dec. 4 2018 11:52 AMAfter the Bad BoyThe wife and daughter Lord Byron left behind spent their entire lives dealing with his fame.
Nov. 14 2018 2:29 PMThe Birth, Death, and Long Afterlife of The Gashlycrumb TiniesE is for Edward who wrote a gory masterpiece.
Oct. 29 2018 11:13 AMHow 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.
Oct. 9 2018 10:10 AM“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.
Sept. 25 2018 9:00 AMAll Women Are SpiesA menial office worker gets wrapped up in espionage in Kate Atkinson’s new novel.
Sept. 18 2018 10:30 AMOn ConsolationWhat I wanted from Barthes was a passage out of the dismal place in which I found myself in my teens.
Sept. 14 2018 12:58 PMCan Human Beings Ever Give Up Identity?Gender, creed, country, color, class, and culture. Why do they matter?
Sept. 10 2018 10:30 AMHands on FranzIn Kafka’s Last Trial, Benjamin Balint charts the court battle over manuscripts that were never supposed to exist.
Sept. 7 2018 2:31 PMJust Behind the BeatA perfectly timed, well-tuned chronicle of the past, present, and future of jazz.
Sept. 5 2018 10:23 AMWhere’s Baby? There She Is!Literature ignores the lives of new mothers. With The Golden State, Lydia Kiesling changes that.
Aug. 16 2018 10:32 AMJust Read the Book AlreadyDigital culture doesn’t have to make you a shallow reader. But you have to do something about it.
Aug. 13 2018 9:00 AMFinding the Laughs in the Decline of the HumanitiesA conversation with Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement.