Sinclair Lewis despised his hometown in Minnesota. It disliked him, too, especially after being lampooned in a bestselling novel that mocked the citizens for their small-town ways. These days, though, he’s all they’ve got.
Lawbreaking occurs, a man calls for help, the police detain an endless lineup of men. Sometimes fraud comes as no surprise.
Photographs from a new book of American public libraries—some famous, some neglected, some both—plus an essay by former Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
Good books are frequently credited with being worth reading twice. But when was the last time anyone had time for that?
With just over a week to go until the 2014 Rooster crows, it’s time to download this year’s brackets and make your picks for which books will...
Zombies are everywhere in today’s films, TV, and literature. As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Tournament of Books, can the Rooster at least get a share...
The rooster is back, and the rooster is famished. Introducing the finalists and judges for The Morning News 10th Annual Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.
Travel is mostly boredom—and if you’re not bored, you’re pretty sure that everyone else is having more fun. Selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2014, the woes of professional travel writers.
Believe it or not, it’s time to gear up for the 2014 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books. You may know it as the Rooster, the Grandaddy...
A literary gumshoe visits St. Petersburg to track down the so-called “ninja of Russian verse,” Elena Shvarts, who died in 2010 leaving almost nothing behind.
The recent ho-hum reaction to the purchase and ensuing buyback of Frommer’s obscures one key fact: Guidebooks are creators of social change. A defense of their place in the canon.
Though mothers may gnash their teeth at forgotten flowers and missing brunches, the poets still sing of the worst Mother’s Day ever: that of Oedipus and his bride.