Sam Esmail believes hackers have immense power — the trouble is, superhero psychology isn't always sound. He says his vigilante hacker is driven by narcissism, paranoia, loneliness and pain.
Best known for her kids' and young adult books, Woodson has written her first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is a dreamlike narrative about friendship, memory and dealing with death.
In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.
Elizabeth Greenwood thought about faking her own death to get out of a massive student debt — but decided instead to write a book about all the ways people try (and usually fail) to disappear.
Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, N.Y., honored her with a statue in 2009, 20 years after death. But the statue was terrifying. The story of "Scary Lucy" went viral last year. Last weekend, Celeron unveiled a new, less scary Lucy statue.
Elizabeth Greenwood has spent a lot of time researching the death fraud industry. She says the hardest step for many aspiring fraudsters would be cutting all ties with friends and family.
The National Book Award winner's new novel is based in part on her memories of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s. Woodson describes the teen years as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's latest requires a high tolerance for whimsy; billed as "not exactly a memoir," it's a kind of noisy activity book for adults that's more Mad Libs than Speak, Memory.
The Dr. Seuss book that made the dish famous turns 56 this month. But what does this meal taste like in real life? Chefs across the U.S. are tackling the question.
For writers of color, the lack of diversity in book publicity departments can feel like a death knell.
The Underground Railroad is a literal train running underground in Colson Whitehead's new novel, which follows escaped slave Cora. It's both brilliant fiction and searing historical document.
A really old French dress has sold for more than $150,000. The brocade gown is an exquisite example of the loose-fitting dresses that women — fed up with restrictive bodices — embraced in the 1700s.
Artist Butch Anthony has created a drive-thru museum in Seale, Ala. On display is a collection of odd items, decorated and displayed inside shipping containers that vehicles drive between.
A new generation of veteran novelists are trying to navigate the pressure to be spokesmen for all veterans while simply trying to write good literature.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with author Alex Cuadros about his book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.
Megan Abbott's new book takes readers deep into the intense, vacuum-sealed universe of young female gymnasts and their parents. Critic Maureen Corrigan says You Will Know Me is worthy of a gold medal.
As a child, Whitehead was surprised to learn that escaped slaves did not ride an actual subway. His new novel follows Cora, a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north.
The Message, released in 1976 and starring Anthony Quinn, was made with difficulty and condemned by hardliners. One of the challenges: its main character, the Prophet Muhammad, could not be pictured.
Irina Reyn's new novel focuses on two women in difficult marriages. Though they're centuries apart, both relationships are tied to the strong woman's struggle to fulfill gender expectations.
Jason Reynolds writes "slice-of-life stories" for youngsters. For our "Next Chapter" series, he talks about packing up his belongings in trash bags and moving to New York City to become a writer.