Michael Cunningham's newest novel is named after a fairy tale. But this is no Disney fantasy. Instead The Snow Queen is a story of death, drugs and aging (not always gracefully).
The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.
Before graduating, some seniors take time to pull off the perfect prank. But it's not just childish behavior. Journalist Annie Murphy Paul says pranks showcase creativity and attention to detail.
The 1957 Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players in a locker room was sold Thursday by Christie's auction house. The work first appeared on a magazine that sold for 15 cents.
Also: Philip Roth schedules another interview; Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography.
The Vacationers is a cinematic family drama set on the picturesque island of Mallorca. While the narrative arc verges on predictable, the book's screwball charms make for a pleasant diversion.
Monica Byrne's post-apocalyptic novel follows two women on dangerous journeys around India and Africa; reviewer Jason Heller says the vivid, haunting prose staggers under the weight of too many ideas.
Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.
The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.
Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.
Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.
Today, we learned the title of the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel, and we're really crossing our fingers that the whole thing is about the Rule Against Perpetuities.
A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.
A recent episode of FX show Louie raised some controversial questions about women, weight and body image. Did the episode miss the mark? Our panel of writers and bloggers weigh in.
"Everyone must leave something behind," the author once wrote. Also: Philip Roth retires from sandwich eating. And Jane Fonda is writing a novel.
in Jo Walton's elegant, heartbreaking new novel, an elderly woman remembers two distinct lives and families, in parallel timelines splitting off from one crucial decision: to marry, or not to marry?
Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.
Robert Siegel speaks with Alexander Stinton, the winner of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award. Stinton is a graduate of Washington College.
Rudolph's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think they succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.
The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure from his regular writing style.