- Dec 25 20162 minutes
The Ten Best Books Of The Year
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.
- Dec 11 20162 minutes
“I Feel Like I’m Going To Have A Breakdown.”
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
- Dec 11 20162 minutes
“We Worked On It Separately And Then We Met In The Ring.”
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
- Aug 21 20162 minutes
The History of Plot
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
- Sep 4 20161 minute
Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
- 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.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Lion’s True Story Of An Unlikely Homecoming
It’s the kind of tale that would be unbelievable if it weren’t true: a young boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata and lands in an orphanage, where he is adopted by an Australian family. Nearly two decades later, he tracks down his birth family in
- Nov 14 20161 minute
Crimes of the Heart
S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film d
- Jan 8 20172 minutes
One (More) Day At A Time
Norman Lear and Gloria Calderon Kellet bring back a ’70s sitcom staple, recast for the 21st century.
- Oct 3 20161 minute
IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF GRAVITY THAT WORDS had with a ferociously intelligent man like Mr. Albee, who died Sept. 16 at age 88. He chose them and ordered them meticulously—not only in his great works of drama like The Zoo Story, A Delicate Ba
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Canada Sets the Trend on Climate
A national carbon tax may be too low to reach the country’s Paris targets, but it’s a good start
- Oct 24 20161 minute
SAM LANSKY The British-born actor, 34, gives an award-worthy performance in Christine (Oct. 14), director Antonio Campos’ harrowing reimagining of the final days of Florida TV news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself during a live broadcast
- Dec 1 20169 minutes
PLOWING THROUGH POLITICAL ROADBLOCKS, THESE LEADERS REJECTED HAND-WRINGING OVER THE PAST YEAR. THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR AND CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER WELCOMED REFUGEES WITH SWIFT DECISIVENESS. JUST AS SURE-FOOTED, AMERICA’S TOP LAWYER DELIVERED A PLEDGE T
- Nov 27 20167 minutes
Michael Chabon has written about superheroes and alternate histories. His new memoiristic novel required just as much imagination.
- 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
- Aug 8 20162 minutes
Rumaan Alam, Author
The D.C.-born, New York City–dwelling Alam took “Write what you know” and tipped it sideways for his fun but trenchant summer novel, Rich and Pretty, starring two young women, lots of beautiful furniture and our notions of class
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Changing The Face Of Hollywood Jimmy O. Yang
After starting out as a stand-up comedian in college, the Chinese immigrant, 29, now stars in HBO’s Silicon Valley and will be appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg in the Boston bombing film Patriots Day.
- Aug 1 20161 minute
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
THE MODERN FAMILY STAR, 40, VOICES SHANGRI LLAMA IN ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
- Jun 6 20161 minute
Boys Do Cry, And That’s O.K.
SARAH BEGLEY IN THE WORLD OF MIDDLE-SCHOOL literature, the how-I-spent-my-summer novel is a genre, and the how-I-spent-my-summer-with-my-grandparents novel its subgenre—Richard Peck’s A Long Way From Chicago and Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons are cl
- Oct 24 20161 minute
THE ACTRESS STARS IN CBS’S DOUBT AND AS DR. FRANK-N-FURTER IN FOX’S REMAKE OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
- Aug 1 20162 minutes
Jokesters Slap Back At The PC Police
LEWIS BEALE IT’S NO FUN BEING FUNNY these days. The outrage mob is waving its PC pitchforks at stand-up comedy, particularly on college campuses. Don’t like jokes about race, religion, sexual orientation? Make it known how offended you are. And try
- 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
- Sep 19 20161 minute
Fall Arts Preview Art
Richard Lacayo KERRY JAMES MARSHALL In works invested with a kind of madcap virtuosity, Marshall, 60, brings African-American lives vividly into the discourses of art history. One of the many things that make his paintings so smart is that Marshall
- 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
- Sep 4 20162 minutes
His The Nix is the season’s splashiest debut novel.
- Sep 5 20164 minutes
A New Wave of Miniseries Lends Clarity to a Muddled Medium
THE EMMYS HAVE NEVER BEEN PARTICULARLY HOSPITABLE to the new. Part of that is just an awards-show problem, the consequence of a group of thousands of Hollywood types reverting to the familiar choices on their ballots. At this year’s Emmy ceremony (to
- Jun 1 20162 minutes
100 Lilly Singh
Nicole LaPorte For creating a unicorn business With more than 8 million subscribers, the L.A.–based vlogger Lilly Singh—aka ||Superwoman||—is one of YouTube’s biggest draws, attracting a global audience with her trademark blend of positivity and st