Brain Cancer Was Supposed to Kill Me. Instead, It Gave Me a Second Life.

As I surfaced from the anesthesia, I saw my children by my bedside. It was the…

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

Smoke and Ashes, by Amitav Ghosh (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). A hybrid of horticultural and economic…

Helen Oyeyemi Thinks We Should Read More and Stay in Touch Less

Every villain gets an origin story, but in the case of Thea, the wedding guest from…

A New Keith Haring Biography Draws the Most Complete Picture Yet

Born in 1958, the same year NASA launched its first spacecraft[16], Haring wanted to be an…

France’s Biggest Literary Sensation Tells His Story — Again

CHANGE, by Édouard Louis. Translated by John Lambert. Édouard Louis (né Eddy Bellegueule) burst onto the…

An Amnesiac Pieces Together a Life From Strangers’ Stories

The structure of “Your Absence Is Darkness” is best described as a series of recursions: The…

A Fresh Look at a Sensational 1843 Murder Case and Its Fallout

THE WITCH OF NEW YORK: The Trials of Polly Bodine and the Cursed Birth of Tabloid…

Two Lives Intertwined, on Both Sides of the Camera

DOUBLE CLICK: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines, by Carol Kino I’m going to…

Sexism in Medicine? It’s Not ‘All in Her Head.’

Six years ago, Dr. Elizabeth Comen, a breast cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in…

Tommy Orange on His ‘There There’ Sequel

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | How to Listen Tommy Orange’s acclaimed debut novel, “There There”…

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Comedy Gold

SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS: The True Story of “Airplane!,” by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and…

How the Village Voice Met Its Moment

Naturally, a moment matters. In this case, a moment that was also, and might be considered…

Jacqueline Woodson’s Books Leap Off the Page, at BAM

“Show Way” describes terrible things, like children being sold and then taken away from their mothers.…

Kate DiCamillo Says ‘Paying Attention Is a Way to Love the World’

What books are on your night stand? On the literal night stand, the pile includes Alice…

Women’s Land and Language: Huntington, Vermont – Public Books

Before it is green land, it is a white house with a slanted breezeway. A painted…

Billy Dee Williams Is the Best Kind of Name-Dropper — a Bookish One

Billy Dee Williams might be best known for his roles in “Star Wars,” “Brian’s Song” and…

The Essential James Baldwin

James Baldwin would have turned 100 on Aug. 2 this year. His final works were published…

“2020 Isn’t Over”: Eric Klinenberg on Pandemics, Politics, and Solidarity – Public Books

When I think 2020, I think blur: social unrest, economic turbulence, all amplified and fueled by…

The Authorities Don’t Need A.I. When Your Neighbors Will Narc on You

Surveillance, Pei argues, should be understood as a form of “preventive repression,” because fear of being…

‘Poor Things,’ the Weird Movie, Was a Weird Novel First

Hot air balloons soar above the Mediterranean. Aerial streetcars fly along ropes suspended above the alleys…

Shoptalk: Overheard at ASA 2023 or MLA 2024? – Public Books

This edition of Shoptalk asks: Can you guess which of the following was overheard at ASA…