The Accidental Feminist

The author of Forever Barbie offers an appreciation of one of the most glamorous movie stars of all time from a startling perspective. M. G. Lord argues that, in films such as National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, and Butterfield 8, Elizabeth Taylor's roles challenged long-held assumptions about gender, sexuality, and power. A counterintuitive take on a still-fascinating personality.

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…