The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want

One of America's most interrogatory, uncategorizable, and eloquent writers (A Dresser of Sycamore Trees; The Enigma of Anger) explores the ramifications of noise from the street where you live to the other side of the globe.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…