A long sentence can seem thrillingly out of breath, deliciously tantalizing, so long as we feel the writer is still in charge.
How Javion became a high school student reading at the second-grade level is impossible to say for sure. But multiple forces play a role: intergenerational poverty and violence, underperforming schools, a special education system that avoided serving students, a patchwork approach to literacy instruction.
Ask most readers about American authors from the 1930s and you'll hear about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Never Josephine W. Johnson.
Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections.
Extravagant metaphors are indecently exposed in the shortlist for the Literary Review's annual showcase of "outstandingly bad" erotic writing.
The most critically acclaimed author in contemporary science fiction and fantasy made history this year. Now she's trying to make the future.
Wrongful convictions are not isolated events. They happen in every state. They happen multiple times a week. Here's a breakdown of how and why the innocent are locked up in America.
Written as Hitler came to power, this book captured the confusion, fear and denial that allowed him to wreak havoc for 12 years.
The biggest bestsellers of any given year are not necessarily the books we remember 20, 30, 50 or 100 years later. (Something to remember when your own book goes on sale.)
How Nabokov's masterpiece found its American publisher.
In his new book, legal scholar Tim Wu traces the history of antitrust enforcement in the United States and illustrates how breaking up tech giants wouldn't have seemed so radical in a different era.
Watergate revealed that multinational corporations, including some of the most prestigious American brands, had been making bribes to politicians not only at home but in foreign countries.
In her hugely popular book, Rachel Hollis asks women to interrogate the lies they’ve believed about themselves. But what about the ones she’s telling?
His champions now span the ideological spectrum, but left and right miss the tensions in his views.
The novelist and screenwriter has built an enormous following, especially among women, by portraying them at their worst.
The conversation is as old as fan fiction itself.
From the neon-drenched noir of "Altered Carbon" to the technophobic "Black Mirror," dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days — and considering the current political climate, it's easy to see why.
How young adult horror novels of the 1980s and '90s turned teen angst into an epic struggle against the forces of darkness.
For two years, the pseudonymous literary sensation corresponded regularly with the director adapting "My Brilliant Friend" for HBO. But the resulting show is a testament to her elusiveness.
Pop-horror writers like R. L. Stine see fear and storytelling the way the Victorians did.
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