Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By

A witty illustrated guide to disappearing objects and ideas,  from privacy and cash to blind dates and -- yikes! -- books.

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…