Report from the Interior

Young turk Paul Auster (the New York Trilogy) is now sixty-six years old, casting a nostalgic eye back at his New Jersey youth in the evocative, keen-eyed manner of his street-level fiction.

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…