Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience. Last week he admitted he made it up. Why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted to tell the truth?
Arts & Culture
Thursday, January 22
A conversation with Björk about Vulnicura, her new—and confessional—album about her recent break-up with Matthew Barney.
Tuesday, January 20
An American writer living in Japan, unread and underpublished, sends an email to a group of writers he doesn’t know informing them that he is committing suicide.
Monday, January 19
What does satire do? What should we expect of it? Is it crucial to Western culture that we be free to produce it?
Sunday, January 18
Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like?
Private planes, caviar lunches and Little League.
Wednesday, January 14
Since exposing the Neapolitan mafia by publishing Gomorrah at age 27, Roberto Saviano has lived for nearly a decade under armed guard, shuttling between anonymous hotels and army barracks.
Sunday, January 11
An interview with the novelist, who died on Saturday.
“There’s only one subject for fiction or poetry or even a joke: how it is. In all the arts, the payoff is always the same: recognition. If it works, you say that’s real, that’s truth, that’s life, that’s the way things are. ‘There it is.’”