The National Emergency Library Is a Gift to Readers Everywhere
The Internet Archive is providing free access to a trove of 1.4 million digitized books to help ease the strain of the coronavirus crisis.
March 26, 2020
“The Glass Hotel” Is A Profound Study of Responsibility in Times of Crisis
The author Emily St. John Mandel plants her flag where the ordinary and the astonishing meet, where everyday people pause to wonder how it came to this.
March 26, 2020
Rebecca Solnit’s Memoir Is Much More Than a Feminist Manifesto
Although Solnit has long worked in a personal register, “Recollections of My Nonexistence” is the author’s first book not to take her existence for granted.
March 11, 2020
The PowerPoint Platitudes of “Bloomberg by Bloomberg”
The autobiography, revised and expanded last year, in advance of Michael Bloomberg’s Presidential run, makes clear whom he sees and whom he doesn’t.
March 2, 2020
What One Learns from Twenty-Two Years of Writer’s Block
In her new memoir, “Scratched,” Elizabeth Tallent explores how the pursuit of perfection can paralyze a writer.
February 26, 2020
“Real Life” Is a New Kind of Campus Novel
In his début, Brandon Taylor rejects the usual characters—and clichés—of student life.
February 19, 2020
Johnny Cash’s Gospel
The book “Trains, Jesus, and Murder” makes its way through the religious ideas that animated Cash’s life and gave meaning to his music.
February 9, 2020
A New Book on Elena Ferrante Rethinks What Criticism Can Be
The most provocative claim in “The Ferrante Letters” is that criticism might not only illuminate a text; it might also mimic a work, inhabit its form.
February 6, 2020
Holding Virginia Woolf in Your Hands
The New York Public Library has acquired more than a hundred letters, manuscripts, postcards, and more from the writer and her circle—enough to encourage a literary pilgrimage.
January 29, 2020
Does “Late Style” Exist?
Late style in art may be the visual expression of what it feels like to face the end—or it may be nothing more than a critic’s fantasy, a by-product of our hunger for narrative closure.
January 13, 2020