Literature

Memory Babe: Kerouac’s Girlfriend Remembers
September 25, 2012

Johnson’s closeness to Kerouac is invaluable for Johnson the memoirist, it is limiting for Johnson the disinterested biographer.

Sentimental Education: How Junot Díaz Learned to Love
September 17, 2012

This book most fully represents the collision of male and female that is central to Díaz’s particular voice.

Steve Stern: Memory Man of the American Jewish South
September 13, 2012

How is a Jewish novelist, raised in an assimilated household in the South, supposed to navigate this complicated terrain?

War Lies
September 10, 2012

The Yellow Birds's disordered, digressive narration places the novel squarely in an American tradition of war writing.

The New Haunted House
September 06, 2012

The new variety of haunted house is a variation on the classic: a place where dreams wither.

The Good Reader
September 04, 2012

The literary community needs more smart criticism, not less positive criticism.

Monster Mash-Up
August 28, 2012

For Victor LaValle the supernatural is a means to heighten the horrors that have always inspired his work.

Old Wives' Tales
August 23, 2012

The argument of The Wives is twofold: great writers have demanding habits, and that the women who tended to those habits deserve recognition.

Coo-coo-ca-choo Mrs. Robinson
July 16, 2012

Kate Summerscale’s new book has neither that page-by-page excitement nor so formidable a collection of historical personages as characters as her earl

Painting Ugly
June 27, 2012

How Should a Person Be?, based on recorded conversations between Heti and her friends, describes a woman named Sheila making a life in Toronto after l

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