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  • What is the Midwestern literary tradition?

    What is the Midwestern literary tradition?
    You have your Southern Gothic tales and your Westerns, the San Francisco beats and the New York poets — but what is the literary tradition of the Midwest? It's a hazy question: People don't think of the Rust Belt as a nexus of literary culture. And yet, many of the most celebrated contemporary and classic American writers have roots here. From tiny towns necklacing the Great Lakes to towering old cities, they dig into the Midwestern landscape in their writing. And, in the universities of Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, the Rust Belt is home to some of the best master's of fine arts programs in the country.
  • The Biblioracle: The struggle over Knausgaard

    The Biblioracle: The struggle over Knausgaard
    It's time to talk about Knausgaard. No, Knausgaard isn't some new upholstery protectant they try to sell you at the deluxe car wash. Knausgaard is Karl Ove Knausgaard, a Norwegian writer who has become famous for his 3,600-page, six-volume...

    The Biblioracle: Estimating his prophet margin

    The Biblioracle: Estimating his prophet margin
    It's not clear to me why anyone tries predicting anything, because no one is any good at it. There is a tie at the top of the horrible prognosticators list between sports reporters and political pundits. Often, the greater the apparent expertise, the...

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'
    Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...

    Authors call on Putin to release 'chokehold' on expression in Russia

    On the day before the Winter Olympics officially open in Russia, more than 200 authors, including several Nobel laureates, have called on President Vladimir Putin to repeal laws that limit freedom of expression and create a climate of fear among writers....