- Oct 3 20161 minute
With a Little Help, You Too Can Write a Young-Adult Novel
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
- Oct 1 20164 minutes
Man of the World
Shakespeare may never have left England, but he became the most global writer who ever lived.
- Sep 4 20161 minute
Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
- Oct 1 20162 minutes
An Impressive John Hancock
ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I stumbled upon a shoebox filled with junk that had been gathering dust in a closet since my dad’s death. I found an old slide rule, a really nice stapler—and four fountain pens. To my amazement, they worked almost as well as they
- Jul 18 20161 minute
212. Blank Verse Under A Big Sky
Radhika Jones Technically he’s not our bard, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances that light up the American landscape every summer. How did a playwright who died four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth give rise to an annual tra
- Feb 1 20152 minutes
Should Your Business Use One Font Only?
It's not just what you type, but how it looks when you type it.
- Aug 21 20162 minutes
The History of Plot
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
- Aug 1 20163 minutes
Never Let It Go
Novelists ask whether societies can rebound from tragedy—and live to forget.
- Aug 22 20163 minutes
Even With Baz Luhrmann Behind It, The Get Down Misses Too Many Beats
THE GET DOWN, NETFLIX’S NEW series about the birth of hip-hop, has an unlikely lead character, one who feels things too deeply to speak up. Besieged by the decay of 1977 New York City as envisioned by co-creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis
- Sep 4 20162 minutes
On returning to The Cherry Orchard.
- Aug 29 20162 minutes
Elegy With A Side Of Applesauce
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
- Aug 21 20161 minute
How Much Does It Matter, Anyway?
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?