The Shadow Scholar

Who knew plagiarism could be so profitable? For years, Dave Tomar earned $10 to $20 a page crafting academic essays to order for college kids. Alternately proud and repentant, he recreates the harried lifestyle of a professional paper-writer and examines the pressures that foster an environment wherein cheating is encouraged and rewarded.

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…