Literature

How to Write About Sex

The awkward art of the smitten word

The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.

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Isherwood's overflowing diaries are in need of a thorough edit.

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The Testament of Mary is a first-person novella, but it is also an argument about the contingent nature of the Christian tradition.

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The Roberto Bolaño Bubble

ALTHOUGH IT HAS been nearly a decade since Roberto Bolaño’s death, he has been publishing at an enviable clip. His latest book, Woes of the True Policeman, is not even his first this year: last spring there appeared The Secret of Evil, a collection of nineteen largely unfinished stories.

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The case of Charles Dickens is an extreme example of our desire to know all the darkest details about the lives of our great heroes

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The epigraph's most basic function is to remind us that literature is a social act.

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Wilson’s devotion to voice above all other narrative elements is even less effective in Panorama City than it was in The Interloper.

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In this novel Kingsolver abandons the spirited determination of her memoir in favor of transparent literary activism.

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If Dear Life is part of a kind of coda on her career, what message does it dispatch?

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The virtues of this collection are overshadowed by Lepore’s campaign against popular historians.

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