Pen Pals
April 03, 2013

The best correspondences contain a story.

Art Imitating Art
April 02, 2013

Why do so many novelists write about visual art?

TMI Science
April 01, 2013

We are in collective denial about what ingesting a meal really entails.

A Poet Confronts Cancer
March 29, 2013

Christian Wiman’s memoir interrogates not only religious belief, but one of its most common surrogates, literature.

Afghanistan After the War
March 28, 2013

In our preoccupation with our war in Afghanistan, we've lost sight of how to bring the country peace.

Philip Roth as Phenomenon of the American Spirit
March 26, 2013

Americans don’t really build statues to our literary heroes. Are PBS documentaries our substitute?

The Problem with Immigrant Literature
March 26, 2013

How the outsider's perspective took over contemporary fiction. 

The Science of the Science of Happiness
March 22, 2013

A researcher spent 38 years asking whether his college classmates were happy. You don't have to have been in his class to learn something from the results.

Nabokov's Politics
March 21, 2013

A newly translated play and a new biography alter his image as a disinterested aesthete.

The Man With the Kind Face
March 20, 2013

Roger Ailes wanted a friendly biography. Author Zev Chafets was the man for the job.