John Cage's concerts taught us to hear silence. Can novels do the same?
The author’s pagan obsessions, like her chatty metacritiques of other modernist writers, set her apart from her contemporaries.
#MeToo has revived an enduring feminist question: What do women want, and how can they get it?
Garth Greenwell challenges readers to see how sex—especially for queer people—might be an act of difficult but healing care.
Baseball is ideal for explaining American economic precarity: the players try desperately to get home safe, but almost always fail to do so.
Each year around this time we send our readers into summer with a thoughtfully curated list of the titles appearing over the past 12 months that dazzled, moved, and challenged us most.
Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season makes other authors’ moral delicacy look like condescension.
Departing from a fixed form, some Latin American writers employed the short story as a laboratory of writing.
“One of the reasons it took so long to write is that—as I would joke with my friends—I found myself writing the great Zambian novel.”
Strangers share a 1932 train ride from Belgium to Istanbul, a journey that reveals the dark changes already sweeping the continent.
Heinrich von Kleist teaches how to resist heteronormativity, as well as how to imagine gender fluidity and a less restrictive masculinity.
In The Babadook and The Need, the introduction of a monster amplifies preexisting anxieties, rather than generating fresh ones.
The fires that are burning across Australia are changing this place, quite possibly forever, and with it our natural, social, cultural, and political narratives.
The late 19th and early 21st centuries share a common loss of technological innocence.
Hale’s stories reveal that the woman who’s right is still the one kept up at night.
Before our eyes, US Latinx writers are inventing a new form of the novel. The classic bildungsroman, or novel of education and development, typically ...
Denis Williams was a painter in London, a novelist in the Sudan, an art historian in Nigeria, and an archeologist in his native Guyana: the polymath’s polymath ...
Heroes are in the skies. This was true for the Greeks, who named constellations for great hunters and queens; for First Nations astronomers, who told stories ...
Stephen McCauley is the author of a bevy—a raft, even—of beloved comic novels. Recent ones include My Ex-Life, Alternatives to Sex, and ...
What does it take to think beyond the human? Can we imagine our human selves in other lives? And should we? While contemporary answers to these ...