Furious Cool

The uproarious life of Richard Pryor, who was raised in his grandmother's brothel, married seven times, kicked drug addiction, and became arguably history's greatest and most influential stand-up comedian.

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…