| Sep 9, 2012
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
| Jun 21, 2012
Every year around this time, a few notable lines from a few notable commencement speeches start insinuating themselves into the canon of "words to live by." Recent favorites include Steve Jobs' 2005 speech at Stanford ("Your time is limited, so don't...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Two of three judges who selected the Pulitzer Prize fiction finalists have spoken out about no prize being awarded in the category this year....
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:35 PM
In Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries....
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Country star Dolly Parton will publish a new book of inspirational wisdom, based on a commencement speech she gave in 2009....
| Sep 19, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Salman Rushdie’s new memoir of his time in hiding, "Joseph Anton," weighs in at more than 600 pages. The British-Indian author was the target of a fatwa death sentence issued by Iranian clerics. A lot of people helped him survive a decade of...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Woes of the True Policeman
Roberto Bolaño, translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $25
An early death isn't the end for a writer. Like a special dispensation from...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 5:24 PM
Karl Rove: Fox News commentator, conservative who caused consternation on election night, major Republican strategist. And fan of metafictional writer Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, really.
The news comes from Rove's own website (via Twitter). Since 2010, Rove...
| Apr 29, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 322 pp., $26
I didn't much like Jonathan Franzen's essay "Farther Away" when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash of a...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 1:50 PM
If the last week has taught us anything, it’s the power, and limitations, of political narrative. First, there was Hurricane Sandy, which brought climate change back into the presidential race — and led to an essential photo op: President...
| May 27, 2012
For a handful of people, Clarice Lispector's "A Breath of Life" being published in English for the first time is very good news. Sadly, that handful is fairly small.
Lispector, an extraordinarily gifted writer who revolutionized Brazilian letters, was...