This Is a Book

Stand-up comedian Demetri Martin, known for his contributions to The Daily Show, translates his on-air riffs to cartoon-supplemented essays traversing such fertile humorous ground as transient exotic lifestyles and eternal philosophical conundrums.

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…