| Apr 13, 2012
| 1:42 PM
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...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 7:25 PM
The city of Indianapolis has again passed a smoking ban. The council approving the proposal 20-9 Monday night.
The ban specifically targets smoking in bars. It is a compromise with the mayor. The Democrats who sponsored the bill took out the ban on...
| Apr 25, 2010
Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers.
Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...
| Sep 20, 2009
The Book of Jokes
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-...
| Dec 30, 2007
By Ed Park
Looking backward, briefly: It went unremarked that 2007 was the year when the weirdness of time dilation hit Sgt. William Mandella. Battling the far-flung Taurans meant interstellar travel via "collapsars" (black holes); two years of army...
| Mar 15, 2009
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...
| Jun 14, 2002
The advertisement is yellowed and torn, but its message is clear. Beans canned by Cambridge's Phillips Packing Company have "that down in Dixie flavor." The statement appears below an image of a large African-American woman wearing a headscarf and holding...
| May 23, 1993
Gore Vidal the novelist's best character is Gore Vidal the essayist. Beside him even Myra Breckenridge seems a pale creation, and this great fat book, chronicling 40 years of the essayist's adventures, is like a lively picaresque novel in reverse.