Eren Orbey on “Real Life,” the début from Brandon Taylor, a campus novel that rejects the usual characters—and clichés—of student life.
Roxana Robinson writes about the addition of the William Beekman Collection of Virginia Woolf and Her Circle, consisting of letters, manuscripts, postcards, and more, to the Berg Collection, at the New York Public Library.
Max Norman writes about the book “The End: Artists’ Late and Last Works,” by the art historian Carel Blotkamp, and on late-career works by Raphael, Piet Mondrian, and Charley Toorop.
Katy Waldman reviews “The Crying Book,” by the poet Heather Christle, which examines the science, sociology, and history of weeping.
Zadie Smith on the writer and activist Darryl Pinckney, drawn from the introduction of Pinckney’s recent book, “Busted in New York and Other Essays.”