White Girls

The long-awaited unclassifiable collection of short pieces by Hilton Als finds the essayist riffing on a vast array of cultural tropes, all subsumed under his chosen title that even includes Truman Capote and Michael Jackson.

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…