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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?
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
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
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
A decade ago, he was a Nobel contender.
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
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
What the standout fiction of the last eight years can tell us about an art form, and a country, in flux.
The discreet, disorienting passions of the Victorian era
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
THE FENCES STARS TALK ABOUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP, THEIR REUNION & THE PERILS OF THEIR INTENSE ROLES
And the titles their authors say they loved
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.
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
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
The author Emily Ruskovich discusses the uncanny restraint of Alice Munro and the art of starting a short story.
The first Star Wars “anthology” spin-off tries to stand on its own, and succeeds intermittently.
The Lincoln in the Bardo author dissects the Russian writer’s masterful meditations on beauty and sorrow in the short story “Gooseberries,” and explains the importance of questioning your stance while writing.
The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.
THE OSCAR WINNER, 66, PLAYS A GRITTY TEXAS RANGER IN HELL OR HIGH WATER
Halfway through director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Sandra Bullock suffers the most cosmic case of homesick blues since Keir Dullea was hurled toward the infinite in 2001: A Space Odyssey nearly half a century ago. For Bullock, home is (as it was for
What the violent suffering in Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot taught the author Laurie Sheck about finding inspiration in torment and illness
RADHIKA JONES THE PARTY SCENE THAT OPENS Ann Patchett’s new novel unspools like a home movie. A lawyer from the L.A. district attorney’s office, Albert Cousins, crashes the christening celebration of baby Frances, second daughter of L.A. cop Fix Kea
In a franchise first, Rogue One’s soundtrack isn’t helmed by the legendary composer.
JEFF BRIDGES IN HELL OR HIGH WATER.
To CHIGOZIE OBIOMA, there is more to writing fiction than crafting engaging characters and plots. Writers, he says, have an opportunity to assess and critique the world in which they live. The 2015 Global Thinker’s debut novel, The Fishermen, is a do
The problem with Disney’s CEO insisting on the neutrality of the new Star Wars film, which is about fighting a totalitarian government