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  • In 'Get in Trouble,' Kelly Link melds ordinary and bizarre

    In 'Get in Trouble,' Kelly Link melds ordinary and bizarre
    It's tempting to describe Kelly Link as a fantasist or a magical realist of a particularly homegrown sort. Her stories take place within recognizable landscapes — suburban bedrooms, reality TV locations, a wedding weekend — that open into something else. Slipstream, author Bruce Sterling has called this style of writing: genre work that blurs the lines of genre, merging elements of science fiction, realism, fantasy. Yet all that seems too restrictive, too didactic, for what Link appears to have in mind.
  • Has America turned into a spoof of itself?

    Has America turned into a spoof of itself?
    Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I've been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the prophet Muhammad; one appears on the cover of the current issue,...

    Reader of the Week: Gabriel Bump

    Reader of the Week: Gabriel Bump
    Who I am Gabriel Bump from South Shore. One unique thing about me I power through books I love. I need to slow down and savor them. But I guess that's what second, third, and fourth reads are for. I loved "Beyond the Game: The Collected...

    Folio Prize announces long, long long list

    The Folio Prize, founded to re-elevate the literary component of literary prizes, has announced its long list for 2014. It's a long, long, long list: 80 books. The list includes Lily King's "Euphoria," James Ellroy's "Perfidia," Peter Carey's "Amnesia"...

    Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit

    Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit
    Books hand-annotated by Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Don Delillo, Philip Roth and others are being auctioned at Christie's to benefit PEN American Center in New York. For the Dec. 2 auction, titled First Editions/Second Thoughts, authors picked up...