You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.
Stephen King’s next book is a thriller set in a Midwestern town suffering from unemployment. Before this sounds a little too close to home, the synopsis reveals it’s about a retired cop trying to stop a mass murderer. Mr. Mercedes will be out June 3rd. Pair with: Our own Lydia Kiesling’s essay on her love of King novels.
National Book Award winner Richard Powers reads a selection from the beginning of Orfeo, his eleventh novel and now a New York Times bestseller.
"Of novelists in Powers’s generation with whom he is often compared—Franzen, Vollmann, Wallace—none equals Powers’s combination of consistent production, intellectual range, formal ingenuity, and emotional effect.”
—Tom LeClair, Christian Science Monitor
Related: Read about “The Astonishing Power of Richard Powers" on Slate.