Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories compiled by Wendy Pearlman.


The Surprising Benefits of Hating Everything

Essayist Mark Greif’s new book Against Everything doesn’t tell you how to live, but it does encourage you to really think about how you’re living.


Are We Too Quick to Call Everyday Assholes Narcissists?

Kristin Dombek's new book 'The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism' takes on our culture's tendency to overdiagose.


Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas

Ben Ehrenreich's new book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine explores the large and small frustrations of people living in Israel's shadow.


Why New York Is So Terrifying and Alienating

In her new book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing explores the way various artists across several decades have interpreted New York's ability to alienate and exclude its inhabitants.


How Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Help Veterans Deal with PTSD

Iraq war veteran Colby Buzzell talks with "Theater of War" author Bryan Doerries about how the story of Ajax can literally save lives.


Talking 1970s New York, Boring Politicians, and Pussy Riot with Richard Hell

We caught up with the legendary punk rocker turned memoirist and art critic to talk about his new book, 'Massive Pissed Love.'


Author Maggie Nelson Is in Drag as a Mother and as a Married Person

We caught up with the critically acclaimed 'Argonauts' author to talk about happiness, "crappy" fiction, and the whole narrative behind "becoming a mother."


We Ate a Shit-Ton of Hummus with Israeli Short-Story Writer Etgar Keret

Israel's greatest vegetarian short-story writer was in New York City—and he was hungry.


We Talked to the Godfather of Crime Fiction, James Ellroy, About the Bygone Days of the LAPD

The noir author chatted with us about "the perv zone of greater LA" and why he wishes it could be 1953 again.


Something Nice to Do: An Interview with Renata Adler

We met one of the most fearless writers of our time to talk about her new collection of essays, Selma versus 'Selma,' and the many absurdities of a life of letters.


Real Life Turned Up to 11: 'Actress' and the Documentaries of Robert Greene

Robert Greene's new documentary Actress exists at the blurry intersection between observation and collaboration, nonfiction and drama.