Grand Strategies

This provocative work by diplomat Charles Hill revives the study of statecraft as a cultural arena that encompasses but transcends the political demands of the day. That he does this through a consideration of literature from Homer to Salman Rushdie makes it all the more fascinating.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…