Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

Deborah Findlay and Ron Cook as married physicists visited by a former colleague in Lucy Kirkwood’s play “The Children.” Sara Krulwich/The New York Times First the earthquake. Then the tsunami. Then the nuclear reactor shuts down when the tidal wave reaches its seaside dome. But not to worry. That’s why they have emergency generators. In …

Nonfiction: The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Ross MacDonald CARTOON COUNTY My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe By Cullen Murphy Illustrated. 260 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $27. With harlots in fish-net stockings hanging on each arm, a self-satisfied grandee, shades and ascot in place, struts down a city sidewalk. A policeman clears the way, and as …

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

Gabriel García Márquez with Fidel Castro in a photograph that will be available online as part of his archive. Harry Ransom Center When Gabriel García Márquez’s archive was sold to the University of Texas two years ago, some decried the fact that the literary remains of Latin America’s foremost novelist — and a fierce critic …

Jennifer Lawrence to star in film adaptation of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites

The Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence will reportedly star in and produce the upcoming film adaptation of the Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel, Burial Rites. Kent’s novel is based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830. A farm worker, Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death for …

‘Endlessly long’: Nobel prizewinning book turned down by 19 publishers

The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, The Palace, set during the Spanish civil war, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was damning: …

The Neediest Cases Fund: Carrying a Load of Debt and Pain, and Determined to Get Stronger

Kristian Hidalgo is working to pay off student debt while dealing with the pain of his rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. David Dee Delgado for The New York Times There is no clear cure for all that ails Kristian Hidalgo. Two years ago, he began experiencing a bombardment of health issues, including joint pain, aches and …

Tillerson Says Embassy in Jerusalem Is at Least Three Years Away

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson spoke Tuesday at the Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington. Susan Walsh/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Tuesday that it is unlikely that the American Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem before 2020. “It’s not going to be anything that happens right away,” Mr. …