Fiction

5 Steps to Getting Over Your Ignorance of the Nobel Winner for Literature
October 09, 2014

This guys didn't win. We're here to help you get over it.

The Heartwrenching Court Cases That Inspired My New Novel
September 05, 2014

The best legal judgments form a neglected sub-genre of our literature.

When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?
The complex style of Ben Lerner
August 25, 2014

The complex literary stylings of Ben Lerner are as stunning as ever.

Geoff Dyer: “There Should Be an Annual Festival Devoted to Me”
August 08, 2014

Geoff Dyer likes to take down “dim-witted academics.” So what happened when he turned up at a conference on ... Geoff Dyer?

'The Saddest Story': Theodore Dreiser on Ford Madox Ford's 'The Good Soldier'
June 11, 2014

You are never really stirred. You are never hurt. It is all cold narrative, never truly poignant.

How Kafka Actually Lived
He did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed
April 11, 2014

Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.

Therapy: The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Writers' Problems
November 05, 2013

Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?

Willa Cather's Correspondence Reveals Something New
The rage of a great American novelist
October 12, 2013

If there is a secret lurking in Cather’s correspondence, it might be this: her best writing, certainly in her letters and in much of her fiction, is driven by anger.

Dave Eggers's Overwrought Paranoia
October 07, 2013

Capturing the zeitgeist is something of an obsession for Dave Eggers.

And the Award for Most Insufferable Author Goes to...
July 08, 2013

The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe.

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