The Difficulty of Being

Jean Cocteau played many roles in his long life – poet, novelist, filmmaker – all while keeping company with artistic giants like Proust, Picasso, and Stravinsky.  His illuminating memoir explores the joys – and pains – that come with a richly creative mind.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…