Year in Reading alum Helen Oyeyemi has a new novel on shelves this week, as does New Yorker 20 Under 40 honoree Dinaw Mengestu. Also out: Mount Terminus by David Grand; Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley; Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun and Beauty by Frederick Dillen. Bonus Links: You can now subscribe to listings of literary new releases in […]
What was clearly intended as a series of artsy-smartsy essays examining the state of play in literary America too often comes off as an extended moan of self-pity from a once-cosseted corner of Brownstone Brooklyn.
While Dan was soaking up the California sunshine, I’ve been worrying about the weather. I worried that, despite the city’s best efforts, we would run out of salt and the roads would be an icy-hot mess. I worried about all … Continue reading ?
In an attempt to breathe some new life into blogging, I’ve been thinking about ways I could mix things up. I need some things I could post on a regular basis that could be quick and fun. One thought that kept recurring was to post the answers to a weekly list of questions. This feature […]
Novelist Chang-rae Lee talks about his latest book's "chorus of 'we,'" keeping diverse company, trying not to overthink his work, and his ongoing attempt to escape himself.
With Reading List, The A.V. Club asks one of our favorite pop-culture creators to describe a list of reading materials that are tied together by a singular theme. The reader: John Warner is the editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a mischievous branch of Dave Eggers’ ever-growing media empire, McSweeney’s Publishing. Show More Summary
“Writers write. But what do they do for money?” That’s the tagline on the back cover of MFA Vs. NYC, a collection of essays on the current state of American fiction-writing edited by Chad Harbach (The Art Of Fielding) and published jointly by n+1 and Faber & Faber. Show More Summary
On this month’s fiction podcast, Jennifer Egan reads Mary Gaitskill’s story “The Other Place,” which explores the consciousness of a man who fantasizes about hurting women and worries that his son has inherited his obsession. Egan says...Show More Summary
It has been said that children are our future. This is exactly why we should be concerned about LGBT children and teens -- and in fact with any kids who are different in any way. I was strongly reminded about this with two new booksShow More Summary
The second Alphabet Library column from Tim Martin at the Daily Telegraph celebrates The Bachelors by Muriel Spark. For a horrible moment as I wrote The Bachelors, I remembered the Dublin pop group The Bachelors, but thankfully Tim’s essay is all about literature’s brightest Spark, as in Muriel. The Bachelors appeared in 1960, and despite […]
12 Years a Slave is getting a post-Oscar bump — for the book it was based on. The 19th-century memoir
Most people think that if you take a year off to travel the world, every day is full of the best kind of adventures. Kelly Corrigan shares in her memoir, Glitter and Glue, how she learned life lessons on the other side of the planet that made her realize how special her mother is. Show More Summary
A new film remembers the end of Britain's Asian Empire and a "complacent supremacy." Photo from georgeorwellbooks.com Row after row of neatly arranged rectangular gravestones stretch across the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, forming a dark...Show More Summary
"Beware the Ides of March!" the soothsayer warns in William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar." When the day comes around, Caesar is stabbed by his enemies and friends, prompting him to ask, "Et tu, Brute?" before dying. Both quotesShow More Summary
Upon first glance, it would seem that to read the jacket copy (or any review) for Helen Oyeyemi’s incandescent new novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, is to risk ruining the whole thing. Granted, anyone familiar with Oyeyemi’s oeuvre can probably...Show More Summary
Recommended Reading: Andrew Solomon on tribal cures for depression.
There was a dust-up at the Tournament of Books on Monday when the site was informed that author Scott McClanahan was withdrawing his novel "Hill William" from the competition. The unusual and oblique notice came via a Facebook post by McClanahan, shared by someone else in the comments of the ToB's Monday post about its upcoming annual literary showdown.
Ten years from now will our children or grandchildren even know what a bookstore was? I live on Long Island, and we no longer have a major chain bookstore within ten miles of our home. I'm talking about Long Island, a highly populated are, not somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Show More Summary
A new competition is trying to drum up pop cultural fervor for contemporary authors and it has the splashy title
Before becoming a staff writer for TV shows like Big Love and Glee, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made a name for himself as a playwright, starting with a play called Weird Comic Book Fantasy that imagined classic comic-book character Archie Andrews coming out of the closet. Show More Summary