Rub Out the Words

What ideas and impulses did Beat writer William S. Burroughs explore in correspondence with pals like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Timothy Leary, or with his son, Billy, during a transitional time in his life and career? In this revealing collection, editor Bill Morgan curates and contextualizes 300 of Burroughs' letters, written as the author branched out and began to experiment with a new creative process, his "cut-up" method.

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…