Latest from Ron Charles

Did Facebook ‘cancel Abe Lincoln’? The truth is complicated — and alarming.

A conservative publisher’s rejected ad for a historical novel led to complaints of cancel culture. Here’s what really happened.
  • Mar 4, 2021

The time is right to cancel Dr. Seuss’s racist books

Anyone shocked by the cancellation of six Dr. Seuss books hasn’t been paying attention.
  • Mar 2, 2021

In Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun,’ a robot tries to make sense of humanity

Ishiguro’s first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in 2017 is a delicate, haunting story, steeped in sorrow and hope.
  • Mar 2, 2021

In ‘The Committed,’ Viet Thanh Nguyen continues his Pulitzer Prize-winning story

The follow-up to “The Sympathizer” finds a former Vietnamese spy working as a drug dealer in Paris.
  • Feb 22, 2021

Two authors expose the deceptive, self-aggrandizing absurdity of online life

Lauren Oyler’s “Fake Accounts” and Patricia Lockwood’s “No One Is Talking About This” critique our Internet-attenuated lives.
  • Feb 10, 2021

Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction

The recycled gossip is tiresome, but what’s most irritating about “A Bright Ray of Darkness” is that it’s really good.
  • Feb 2, 2021

‘The Four Winds’ is Kristin Hannah’s next inevitable bestseller. Don’t forget the tissues.

“The Great Alone” author’s latest is a melodramatic look at one woman’s quest for independence and survival during the Great Depression.
  • Jan 28, 2021

Conquer ‘Moby-Dick,’ finish ‘Infinite Jest’: Avid readers share their resolutions for 2021

The most common resolution involves not just spending more time reading but reaching a specific number of books.
  • Jan 26, 2021

‘Burnt Sugar,’ a challenging Booker Prize finalist, is hard to take, but harder to shake off

Avni Doshi’s novel about a mother and daughter takes candor to extremes.
  • Jan 19, 2021

Conservatives crying ‘Orwell’ are downright Orwellian

In these latter days of Trump’s calamitous reign, his disciples have co-opted not just Big Brother’s methods but Orwell’s very name.
  • Jan 11, 2021