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  • Book review: 'The Pale King' by David Foster Wallace

    Book review: 'The Pale King' by David Foster Wallace
    "The Pale King" is composed of parts of the "something long" on which 46-year-old David Foster Wallace was working before he hanged himself at his home in Claremont on Sept. 12, 2008.
  • English 101

    English 101
    Each novelist requires circumstance — a situation to describe, from which a conflict arises — and the ivy-covered college hall or dormitory room provides such context readily. It would take research and, thereafter, expertise to write about...

    Holiday books: Fiction

    Holiday books: Fiction
    Aleph A Novel Paulo Coelho Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95 A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia. The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories Don DeLillo Scribner, $24 The first collection of short stories from a...

    'The Book of Jokes' by Momus

    'The Book of Jokes' by Momus
    The Book of Jokes A Novel Momus Dalkey Archive: 200 pp., $13.95 paper Jokes are a genre of fiction, but the best way to deliver a zinger is to disguise it as autobiography. Comedians know this and the good ones transform themselves into quasi-...

    Prolific Joyce Carol Oates struggles to write through year of loss

    Prolific Joyce Carol Oates struggles to write through year of loss
    Since Joyce Carol Oates' first novel, With Shuddering Fall, came out in 1964, she has averaged two books a year. Many of them are novels, though she's also written plays, poetry, children's books, literary criticism, and a highly regarded sports book, On...