Forty-one False Starts

What defines creativity? Janet Malcolm investigates the working lives of artists and writers, from Diane Arbus and J.D. Salinger to Gossip Girl's Cecily von Ziegesar.

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…