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  • In defense of 'bad' writers

    Many years ago I met a reader who told me a story about one of my own books. My first novel “The Tattooed Soldier” was new then, having recently been published by a small house in upstate New York. I was just coming to terms, then, with the...
  • Literary links for 9/11

    When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001. "Every year I...
  • Amy Grace Loyd on 'Affairs of Others' and the writing process

    Amy Grace Loyd on 'Affairs of Others' and the writing process
    Like many people in the publishing world, Amy Grace Loyd always wanted to be a writer. But unlike most of her colleagues, Loyd has managed to make her ultimate goal — publishing her own fiction, rather than someone else’s — a reality....
  • Author George Saunders headlines 10th annual CityLit Festival

    Author George Saunders headlines 10th annual CityLit Festival
    Author George Saunders is having the kind of year that could lead the former roofer and slaughterhouse worker to imagine that someone is spritzing the air around him with a giant bottle of perfume. "The way things have been going recently, it's as if...
  • Holiday gifts to fuel that wanderlust

    Holiday gifts to fuel that wanderlust
    A pop-up book and a smartphone prop. A pretty little poncho and a sturdy, stylish tripod. A comfy new pillow and a little lamb that lulls you to sleep. These are some of the finds that just might wind up on your wish list — or your shopping list for...
  • Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to UMBC professor

    Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to UMBC professor
    Sex that compares to supernovas, solar systems, quarks and atomic nuclei? Oh my. Such is the (possibly over-)heated prose of UMBC professor Manil Suri, whose literary description of the sexual act in his novel "The City of Devi" was so overwhelming in...
  • Columbia drab? Duh. [Editorial]

    Columbia drab? Duh.  [Editorial]
    Here at the editorial board of The Sun, we like to give Columbia a little good-natured ribbing from time to time. James Rouse's planned community has gotten enough critical accolades in the national press since its opening in 1967 — for its...
  • The Biblioracle: In memory of Warwick Deeping

    The Biblioracle: In memory of Warwick Deeping
    Between 1920 and 1930, there were three writers with at least five books in the list of 10 best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly. Two of them are Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis. The other is Warwick Deeping. Warwick Deeping? --------------...
  • A roundup of graphic novels worth reading

    A roundup of graphic novels worth reading
    The intersection of visual art and language in a graphic novel tilts the reading experience. The reader has no choice but to slide into the author's more specifically defined — and designed — world. The hallmarks of great literature are the...
  • 'Our Boston': Reading for a city's benefit, after marathon bombings

    Boston was a rough-and-tumble city when I knew it in my teens and early 20s. It was, as Seth Mnookin suggests in “Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love” (Mariner: 354 pp., $16 paper), defined by “the Combat Zone and Filene&...
  • Review: 'Cartwheel' by Jennifer duBois

    Review: 'Cartwheel' by Jennifer duBois
    There are passages of observation so closely controlled and beautiful in "Cartwheel," the second novel by Jennifer duBois, that what she describes seems as if it will stay described for good. Of a Boston train station, she writes that "the clean sheets of...