Celebrating 100 years of “Prufrock”
For black women, stereotypes associated with Afros can’t be shed, but their appeal is a nod to history and tradition
Why we're all eating high-energy foods made for soldiers
A new movie and album show why he might be the greatest hip-hop star ever
One year after Michael Brown's death, both liberals and conservatives are still getting it wrong
The Fantastic Four was created by quarreling duo Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Was it an artistic success, or just a commercial one?
Martin O’Malley has a bold new plan to fight structural racism. But will it matter?
At 99, George Braziller surveys his publishing empire in a new memoir
Put your morals where your mouth is
Helen Phillips’s novel evokes the menace of mundane work
How virality is westernizing the entire world
Harper Lee’s juvenilia sprouts a literary industry
Writing is rarely considered a serious occupation. Why?
Jonathan Franzen’s reckoning with his literary inheritance