Leaving the Atocha Station

Living in Madrid on a prestigious fellowship, young American poet Adam Gordon searches for authenticity, not only in his own work but also in his relationships with others. Author Ben Lerner reflects on life, creativity, and what it means to be genuine in a novel that eschews pretension in favor of an earnest -- often humorous -- consideration of art and those who make it.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…