- 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
- Sep 4 20161 minute
Our Book Critic’s 5 Most Anticipated
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
- Aug 21 20161 minute
Literature’s Very Worst Endings
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Aug 21 20162 minutes
The History of Plot
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
- Sep 26 20161 minute
Bridget Jones Hasn’t Lost Her Charm
ELIZA BERMAN IT’S BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE WE LAST SAW RENÉE Zellweger as Bridget Jones, instructing Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy to please propose after two movies’ worth of indecision. When she returns in Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third chapter in the film
- 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.