The Immaterial

French social philosopher Gorz, idealogue of innovative leftist thought, pins our current economic woes solely on our misunderstanding of the radical transformations engendered by "the knowledge economy." Proposing an overhaul of copyright and patent law to encourage creative cooperation, Gorz proves himself a utopian to the end—and a lyrical, inspiring one.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…