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Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the best American writers of today,” Alice Walker is a master storyteller and a major voice in modern literary fiction.
SADIE STEIN ENDINGS ARE VERY, VERY HARD—the greater question is less why books disappoint than why any succeed. Each of these is a good book written by someone of great skill who, for whatever reason, choked, rushed, or otherwise ran a narrative off
Works by Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck, and Hannah Arendt have also had a spike in interest over the past year.
THE FRENCH FILM GODDESS IS STILL STEAMING UP THE SCREEN IN ELLE AND THINGS TO COME. BONJOUR, OSCAR?
1 “If the campaign estranged Kushner from the privileged world he once inhabited, the election represented a conclusive break,” wrote Andrew Rice in his profile of Donald Trump’s son-in-law turned shadow campaign manager, Jared Kushner (“The Young Tr
While a few big names disappointed, many of the year’s best books were debuts or sophomore efforts. A changing of the guard is under way.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
KARA WARNER You both directed and starred in the gangster drama Live by Night. Does that make it hard not to take the film or character home with you? I think about the movie until I go to sleep, then I usually dream about it, and it’s the first th
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P 2013 In the Brooklyn milieu of Ivy League and Oberlinish grads, the question is whether a durable relationship in a free romantic market can be made strictly on the basis of intellectual résumés. Adelle Waldman’s meri
Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.
A decade ago, he was a Nobel contender.
1. Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed It was submerged by the Hamilton tidal wave, but in any other season George C. Wolfe’s splashy, talent-packed re-creation of a landmark black musical of the 1920s
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
A SCRAPPY (AND SEXY) NEW FOUNDING FATHER STEPS INTO THE BROADWAY SMASH—WITH AN INSPIRING SURVIVAL STORY
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
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, the 36-year-old creator of the hit musical, talks about trusting his instincts, the value of a vacation, and how he accidentally married the oldest form of entertainment with the newest form of social media.
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.
THE FENCES STARS TALK ABOUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP, THEIR REUNION & THE PERILS OF THEIR INTENSE ROLES
PEEK INSIDE THE CHEERFUL MANHATTAN CONDO, WHICH THE YOUNGER STAR CALLS ‘A SOPHISTICATED PLAYROOM’
What the standout fiction of the last eight years can tell us about an art form, and a country, in flux.
THE PALACE THEATRE IN LONDON’S West End has seen many hits over the years, Les Misérables among them. But surely nothing can compare to the hysteria surrounding its latest tenant, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth installment of the saga.
SARAH BEGLEY CERTAIN BOOKS LEAVE READERS FEELING THEY KNOW EVERY MINUTE detail of a character’s inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. Paul Auster’s massive new novel, 4 3 2 1, is such a book. The concept behind the 8
AFTER WRITING SEVEN NOVELS AND three works of nonfiction, acclaimed British author Rachel Cusk began to find fiction “fake and embarrassing.” Two years ago, she explained to a British newspaper, “Once you have suffered sufficiently, the idea of makin
The screen legend Robert De Niro plays a grumpy standup in Taylor Hackford’s interminable new film.
Eddie Redmayne may be the star of the Harry Potter prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but his literary tastes are not confined to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. The actor tells TIME his list of favorites includes a historical acco
IT CONQUERED BROADWAY. NEXT STOP, THE WORLD
And the titles their authors say they loved
J.A. Bayona’s tear-jerking fantasy film doesn’t come close to earning its inevitably devastating emotional climax.
Meryl Streep shows the power of a middle-aged dreamer in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins
Ghosts and schmaltz haunt George Saunders’s first novel.