Which matters more, intent or interpretation? What if a juxtaposition of images in literature or art is just that—a chance encounter?
Few novels are so crammed with invention. Yet the interlocking richness of her ideas does not derail your reading.
Discussing Murakami within the Japanese literary tradition is in itself rare. He is, by his own admission, less well-loved in Japan than abroad.
Benzion Netanyahu—father of the former prime minister—is not the protagonist; rather, it is his scholarship and the practice of history itself.
In both World Wars, France used West African “colonial conscripts.” Deployed on the front lines, they were often the first to be killed.
The pandemic took the health inequalities generated by US imperialism, and made them worse.
Each May we send our readers into summer with a curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past year (or so).
Jenny Erpenbeck’s fiction is an attempt to grasp the underlying precariousness of our sense of identity and belonging.
Anthropology’s attention to the granular texture of someone’s life is a beautiful training for being a fiction writer.
A resource for reading about, teaching, and discussing the novel as an artistic and cultural form.
Working as a children’s librarian in a “one-library town,” Cleary, age 23, found bored boys asking, “Where are the books about kids like us?”
Why read MFA-trained writers writing about writers training in MFA programs?
How can reading novels affect the way doctors and patients communicate?
For Indiana, disaster is both imminent and ambient, both apocalyptic and manifested in everyday ordinariness.
Sigrid Nunez’s fiction inspires the question: What would it mean to make caring for others into an explicitly public priority?
How do novels help us see the present in a broader historical perspective?
How can novels expand our understanding of sex and intimacy in the digital age?
When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
Novelists from George Eliot to Mary Gordon ask readers to confront our lives as ethical dramas that run only once, and with great consequence.
How does reading novels affect our understanding of the power dynamics that shape our lives?