See a Little Light

This is an age of marvelous memoirs from rockers of a certain vintage:  Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Patti Smith. Now comes a standout entry from a slightly younger musician. Bob Mould, born 1960, came to prominence during the mid-80s with his band Hüsker Dü. He lays bare the trials and tribulations behind the trio's success, and charts his subsequent solo career with insightful poetry and a gravitas that matches his famous sonic assaults.

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…