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Only Connect: Social (Media) Anxiety

Twitter and Facebook are great for quick blasts of dopamine or adrenaline, but not for creating sustained waves of happiness or fear or maintaining the kind of cumulative tension upon which good stories rely.

What It’s All About

Sometimes all of the stresses of life seem to come at you from all angles. There are days when you have to run from emails, to working lunches, to oldest kid’s school, to the orthodontist, to the youngest kid’s school, and finally home to finish up the work day (purely hypothetical, right?). They leave you […]

At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan

At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan is a romantic suspense with a sexy cowboy hero that both Amanda and I loved. Ella and Lela Wolf are twins and heiresses set to take ownership of their late father’s company when they turn 25. One night Ella receives a strange call from Lela and returns home just in time to see their uncle Phillip murder her. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Benjamin Parzybok

Author Benjamin Parzybok talks about his new novel, Sherwood Nation, climate fiction, the difference between post-collapse and post-apocalyptic, and how novels can predict the future if they try hard enough (and get lucky).

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Conspiracy Theory By Mike Enemigo Published by The Cell Block, P. O. Box 212, Folsom, CA 95763 ISBN 9781492709665 $15.00 (2012, 2013) Available on Amazon. Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon

1. Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends and family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is that people are looking at your page. Show More Summary

Little Things Long Remembered

Close your eyes and think back to your earliest memories of childhood. What stands out the most? What memories and moments put a smile on your face? When I close my eyes, I can almost smell the woodsmoke in the crisp fall air and hear the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet on one of the many nature walks I took as a child. Show More Summary

Keeping Tabs

The F.B.I. had a massive file on James Baldwin in the fifties and sixties. Among other things, their notes featured passages of surprisingly adept criticism, including an oddly in-depth look at sexuality in his work. You could also read Justin Campbell on race, fatherhood and Baldwin’s fiction.

Hey Barack! All You Need Is Love, Love, Love

It used to be, love me, love my dog. Now you'd better love your country just like me, or nobody else will ever love you... A personal message to Rudy Giuliani in the form of a quickie history lesson about love of country and his future...Show More Summary

A Bit of Gloria with Patti Smith

Patti Smith's memoir of her early life and relationship with Robert Mappleworth, Just Kids, is a touching journey of discovery, when an artistic impulse defined a state of being, and the risks taken to find it were the only tools with which to capture it. Show More Summary

Wild America

“In the six years that I wrote the book, I moved around a huge amount. I was in five or six different states, and spent a lot of time on the road. I think if you’re out in this country so much, you just see a lot of weird stuff. Weird, ominous stuff.” Talking with […]

Review: American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Chris Appy's American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity is a book-length essay on the Vietnam War and how it changed the way Americans think of ourselves and our foreign policy. This is required reading for anyoneShow More Summary

Dangerous Fun to Write: Priya Parmar on "Vanessa and Her Sister"

Much has been written about the legendary Bloomsbury group and two of its most famous members--Vanessa Bell and her sister, Virginia Woolf. In her novel Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar examines their relationship through the lens of an obscure, real-life incident from their youth, that rocked the foundations of their family...

Imagine owning a copy of Alice in Wonderland signed by the original Alice

What’s the ultimate book for fans of Alice in Wonderland? It might be one of the Limited Editions Club editions from 1932 that were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original Alice who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his fantastic story. AbeBooks sold such a copy for £2,500/$4,000 earlier this week. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is 150 […]

A Man of Few Words

Last year I wrote a 360-page book that attracted the attention of one of the world's most celebrated literary agents. He was so moved by my writing that he immediately took me on as a client and, one week later, sold my book to one of New York's leading publishing houses. Show More Summary

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Paula Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro. And her pitch was really good. When we consulted with her, one of the things we did was help her figure out what genre her book fit in. Show More Summary

The Post-Apocalyptic Present: On Quan Barry’s ‘She Weeps Each Time You’re Born’

The history of Vietnam is another quagmire. And upon this sucking, unholy ground a novel is built.

Beyond Campus

David Lodge never set out to be a writer of campus novels, but that may end up being his legacy, thanks to his most famous books, Changing Places and Small World. In the LRB, Stefan Collini reviews a new book of essays and an autobiography by the author, the latter of which covers the first […]

The Book Guy

Whether or not you’re an avid collector of NYRB Classics like Stoner, you’ll enjoy this profile of series publisher Edwin Frank, conducted by Millions contributor and Oyster Editorial Director Kevin Nguyen. In the profile, Frank delves into the mindset that guides his choices, tying the rise of the American publishing series to the passage of the GI […]

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