Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

There’s a fine line between the creative and the unbearably weird in writing, and again Karen Russell seems to have hit the mark — at least within a margin of error — in her prose. Coming off of the wildly successful “Swamplandia!” that came within range of a Pulitzer Prize, the collection of stories in “Orange World” are normal enough for four of them to have debuted in The New Yorker. This fact alone seems to wrap “Orange World” in a protective coating of regularity, but the collection blaze with magical, visionary creativity.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 5:09pm

There was some jealousy of my past self and the first, traumatic slog through the book, too, mixed also with a bit of love for the characters in the story.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:37pm
Claudia Rankine

It is also a precarious match: Charlotte’s art centers on the Black experience and its nuances, trying to offer a lens into the space where few are allowed. Charles and Virginia are white, both with a near-obsessive desire to do good politically, collecting art pieces on the experience of Black suffering. By the time the Spencer’s activist son, Alex, joins the dinner a quarter of the way into the play, the tension is choking.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 5:27pm
Robert Fieseler

“Tinderbox” is the product of the discovery of one of these quiet but salient fractures: the Upstairs Lounge fire.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:31pm
Daily Arts Runners

When you can run 3 miles you can run 4, and when you can run 4 you can grossly round up to 7. And then, suddenly, you’re piecing together a marathon team from the largest group of people you see most frequently: Daily Arts.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:50pm

Even before the halfway mark in “Trump Sky Alpha,” it’s clear that “Trump” is just another paragon of the overworked, poorly-veiled pandering that seems to have soaked into the pages of some new wave literature.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:50am

Is it possible to achieve the environmental call to action of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in a work of fiction? Richard Powers is resolved to find out.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:20am

These accomplishments of Burns’s are rightfully harvested. “Milkman” is, quite simply, an arresting masterpiece.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 1:07am

Indeed, the novel is impressive. A masterpiece, even, if a masterpiece is allowed a number of marginal flaws.