Black Music

Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) "wrote with ecstasy—highly informed and intricate—about ecstatically complex music", says Richard Brody of this raucous collection of essays on modern jazz giants (Coltrane, Monk, Sun Ra and more) and their sonic elucidation of the African-American experience.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…