Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.
Ricardo Piglia's new novel is a brainy, postmodern, sometimes funny take on the classic detective novel. Critic Michael Schaub says it has echoes of DeLillo and Pynchon, but is wholly original.
Many people were moved last week by an online comic on a site called "The Oatmeal." It was illustrated and written by Matthew Inman and tells the story of a heroic rescue after a plane crash in 1947.
The actor's new memoir is disguised as a collection of letters to the men in her life. Critic Jean Zimmerman praises Parker's willingness to show vulnerability and her excellent, stylish writing.
Mallory Ortberg of The Toast will fill almost decade-old shoes for Slate's popular advice column, but not without getting advice first. Before she pays it forward, we seek her words on a timely issue.
At age 95, Norma Miller is the last living pioneer of Lindy Hop and the dance world's Queen of Swing. And she continues to reinvent herself.
When Jean Jullien learned of the Paris attacks, the French artist dashed off a pen-and-ink mash-up of the Eiffel Tower with a peace sign. That symbol has since become a worldwide icon of the tragedy.
Squibb was a professional actor for 60 years before landing her first Oscar nomination — at the age of 84 — for her role in the movie Nebraska. Her latest film is Love The Coopers.
Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.
Since she was in her 20s, the dancer and choreographer has been rewriting the rules for what dance can be. Now she's on her 50th anniversary tour, premiering new works with longtime collaborators.
James White is an indie drama about a slacker dealing with the death of one parent and the decline of another. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's both intimate and intense.
Tess Taylor reviews Nate Marshall's poetry collection, Wild Hundreds.
Nine major contemporary artists have created massive, other-worldly installations to mark the reopening of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The Coopers are yet another family who've gift-wrapped their dysfunction and brought it home for Christmas.
Kenji Lopez-Alt left a restaurant job to test and write about the mysteries of food science. His new book details findings from how best to sear a steak to how to get more golden pancakes.
Before making the film, Patricia Riggen met with the real miners and heard their stories. She says she aimed to "portray the heart of these guys and what they went through emotionally."
Simon Pegg and Lake Bell star in an inventive rom-com elevated by a script that centers on the true, eccentric workings of relationships.
A film starring Hollywood's starriest couple as two moody artists who drive to the coast to salvage their disintegrating marriage strains under the vapidness of heavy-handed screenwriting.
Books by three YouTube stars are on The New York Times bestseller list right now. That's not an anomaly — NPR's Lynn Neary reports it's a trend that more and more publishers are starting to embrace.
My All-American is out in theaters on Friday. It's a story about Texas football and is written by the same person who did Rudy and Hoosiers. It centers on one of the players, Freddie Steinmark, and an improbable story that reached all the way to the White House.