We have no shortage of hot takes on events of the day, writes Tracy Mayor. What I long for is a 10,000-foot view about where we’re heading as a nation.
When speakers abandon the conventions of clear communication: after awhile, it becomes just noise, writes Amy Carleton.
Kristen M. Ploetz's daughter was born, and some books -- Joan Didion's "Blue Nights" -- touched too close to home.
Cognoscenti editor Kelly Horan talks with acclaimed author Russell Banks about his new collection of travel writings, "Voyager."
As a Sports Illustrated reporter in the '70s, Ludtke was often the only woman in the press box. She writes that what women endure to do their jobs today sounds...
Touching our souls means wrestling with what makes us uncomfortable. My wrestling mat is a blank page and a pencil.
Do you really want to read the annual report of Paul and Polly Perfect, filled with the amazing successes of their perfect children, Peter and Priscilla?
My late uncle never talked to me at length about his wartime experience, but in his late 60s, he wrote a play about it. I regret never asking what was...
Here’s the thing to remember about writers (and artists in general): they don’t owe their audiences a damn thing, aside from art they make.
Time and again, the Nobel jury appears to put politics ahead of literary considerations.
To write his memoir, the nephew of the late president and son of the late senator faced an especially daunting prospect.
My first byline made me want to be a reporter. And it taught me that publishing is always a collaboration.
E.L. Doctorow relentlessly challenged convention, insisting that we open our eyes and hearts.
Will reading "Go Set A Watchman" forever change the way we read "To Kill A Mockingbird"? Should we read it, anyway?
Overly-prolific authors always make me think more fondly of writers like Harper Lee. Perhaps her ilk do not publish as much, but I always figured that the quality of their...
In his volumes of verse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, who died last Thursday, leaves a legacy of what he always sought for himself: a vision of grace in a difficult...
Both sides in the debate over Charlie Hebdo's Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN American Center embody free expression at its best – thoughtful people who strive for consensus...
It is genial, cultural comedy that seems to have disappeared, the kind of laughter that softens your attitudes toward your neighbor.
I may be comfortable divulging details of my personal life, but that doesn’t mean others will bless how I interpret their actions.
Cognoscenti says goodbye to a contributor whose last submission, just weeks before her death, was a taking stock of her life.