Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Imperfect Little LifeA Q&A with the Scott Pilgrim author about his new comic Seconds, fashion, and regret.
How to Be HappyA bright cartooning talent gets her first book of short stories, and it’s beautiful and surprising.
The “A&P” ProblemCan Stuart Dybek, an underappreciated master of the American short story, overcome the limitations of the American short story?
Strange BeastWhat happens when a 20-year-old constructs his personality completely out of reading Tom Robbins novels?
The Ghosts of ’91Tension between the U.S. and Russia is rising. A new history of the end of the Cold War helps to correct the record.
Steak-Umm out of Sacred CowsPatricia Lockwood’s poetry, and the discomfort it’s meant to cause squares like me.
The Uses of EnchantmentGeoff Ryman’s heartfelt and clever 1992 riff on Judy Garland, AIDS, and Oz returns.
Adult MaterialRainbow Rowell’s new novel for grown-ups, and the power of good books for readers of any age.
How to Get Into the Writers’ RoomInterviews with Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mike Schur, and other top comedy writers.
Against YARead whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.
A Form of Literary AnarchyIf you want to understand Ulysses, you should read about its obscenity trial.
Letters From the PastA new comic illustrates the desperate missives sent to an immigrant advice column in old New York.
“There Was Something Stupid in This”Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiography is narcissistic, indiscreet, and a remarkable work of art.