How Literature Saved This Book
February 12, 2013
Several years ago, David Shields staked out a new literary aesthetic with Reality Hunger. His latest, How Literature Saved My Life, reads like so many strung-together blog posts. But does that matter?
How to Write About Sex
February 08, 2013
The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.
Excess Baggage—The Voluminous Diaries of Christopher Isherwood
January 11, 2013
Isherwood's overflowing diaries are in need of a thorough edit.
Gospel Truth—Colm Tóibín Reinvents Mary
December 26, 2012
The Testament of Mary is a first-person novella, but it is also an argument about the contingent nature of the Christian tradition.
The Roberto Bolaño Bubble
December 17, 2012
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.