The Moon, Come to Earth

Originally published on McSweeney's, Philip Graham's dispatches from Lisbon -- where he spent a year with his wife and daughter -- explore the meeting of self and city with alert, subtle attention.

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…