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In Conversation With Colson Whitehead

The author of The Underground Railroad on Oprah’s endorsement, avoiding clichés of the "Southern Novel of Black Misery," and whether maturity means never having to be funny again.

By Boris Kachka

Is It Story That Makes Us Read?

Plots: the who, what, and where — but maybe not why — of literature. Plus, the history of plot and literature's very worst endings.

By Christian Lorentzen