What a Character
The fragile, young savant in Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut novel joins the ranks of our best child protagonists.
A Conversation With The New York Times’ A.O. ScottOn the purpose of film criticism, the academy’s diversity problem, and why Leo DiCaprio shouldn’t get an Oscar for 2.5 hours of grunting.
Textual HazardsRachel Cantor’s second novel examines a navel-gazing translator’s crumbling personal life.
Literature’s Greatest MansplainerThe women in Tristram Shandy barely get a word in edgewise. It’s still a great feminist novel.
The Vindicated ParentsA history of autism hints at why the vaccination scare has taken hold so firmly.
Dare to DisappointOzge Samanci’s charming cartoon memoir of a regimented—yet still often surprising—childhood in Turkey.
The Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Richard McGuire, Chris Ware, and Noelle Stevenson.
Let Loose the Laws of WarHow the Obama administration determined the legality of its anti-terrorism policies.
Bill O’Reilly Makes a KillingStriding into my office, I gazed at the Fox News host’s wildly successful series of historical thrillers.
“I Would Never Forgive Myself if I Let the Book Go Out”Alexander Chee on why, three years ago, he withdrew his novel The Queen of the Night just before publication.
Indistinguishable From Magic In its third decade, Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series explores the magic of systems and words.
Life SentenceIn the winding sentence that opens Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne encapsulates the rich, lunatic character of the book and its protagonist.
Wild and FreeThis bold new novel about a woman’s relationship with a squirrel blurs the line between eccentricity and madness.
Shakespeare’s WorldA fascinating new collection of essays profiles the people in Shakespeare’s life, from his wife to his actors to his landlord.
The Half-MaskA history of beards explores the way they hide, or extol, the masculinity of the gentleman who wears one.
The Audio Book Club Invokes Fates and FuriesSlate critics debate Lauren Groff’s ambitious new novel.