The Birth, Death, and Long Afterlife of The Gashlycrumb Tinies
E is for Edward who wrote a gory masterpiece.
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.
How Nuclear War HappenedA new novel tells the story behind the terrible U.S.–North Korea war of 2020.
The Impossible Legacy of V.S. NaipaulMany of his books are masterpieces. When I interviewed him, I couldn’t keep the look of disgust off my face.
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.
Finding the Laughs in the Decline of the HumanitiesA conversation with Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement.
What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Trump’s America—and What It Can’tMartha Nussbaum’s new book diagnoses our political crisis but fails to offer a practical cure.
All Our Work Holds GoodRereading the poet Donald Hall’s beautiful children’s book Ox-Cart Man in a time of turmoil.