Thinking of Answers

Our resident philosopher, A. C. Grayling, who contributes "The Thinking Read" column to this site, here teaches us how to think about questions fundamental to the pursuit of an examined life. His brief, inviting essays are lucid and illuminating.

April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…