Detroit City Is the Place to Be

Rolling Stone reporter and Detroit native Mark Binelli examines his hometown's vertiginous fall, calling it the greatest urban failure in American history. And yet, he espies hope in the offbeat cast of characters who have been drawn to this nothing-left-to-lose frontier, a gaggle of dreamers and doers intent on jumpstarting the Motor City.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…