Walkable City

For the first time in human history, the majority of mankind lives in urban environments. A city planner by trade, Jeff Speck has a wealth of ideas about how to make these stone canyons more pleasant, and to bring out a crowded town's natural pedestrian pleasures.

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…