In Utopia

It's a sad fact about our human species that we can always imagine recipes for disaster better than those for success. So anytime bold dreamers conjure up a method for reaching paradise on Earth, even if it's crackpot and doomed, their schemes can seduce us. J. C. Hallman dissects six such blueprints for happiness with mordant tongue-in-cheek.

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…

advertisement